Information for Families

PARCC at Citizens Memorial

This week Citizens Memorial Elementary School begins PARCC testing. The PARCC assessment will help determine how our students are learning. All public schools in the state of Rhode Island are participating in the PARCC and this marks the first time we are using this assessment. The information gathered will help guide teachers, schools and school districts in assisting our students in being academically successful. In our school, grades 3,4 and 5 will be taking the assessment. Their participation in the PARCC is very important and your cooperation is needed to help your child be successful during the testing period.


The PARCC assessment system is designed to determine whether students are on track in their learning. The PARCC assesses the full range of Common Core State Standards, measures a range of student performance and provides timely data throughout the academic year to help teachers and school districts inform instruction, develop interventions and provide teachers with training.


All 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students at Citizens Memorial Elementary School will be participating in the PARCC.


English Language Arts-

  • Tuesday March 24th
  • Wednesday March 25th
  • Thursday March 26th


  • Monday March 30th
  • Tuesday March 31st

How Can Families Support Students?

  • Talk to your child about the assessment
  • Encourage them to do their best
  • Make sure they get a good nights sleep every night during the testing period
  • Make sure your child arrives to school on time everyday (8:45 am)
  • Make sure your child is present in school everyday during the testing period
  • Avoid dismissing your child early from school during testing days.

Early Dismissal During PARCC Testing

Early dismissal is strongly discouraged during testing. A student who is dismissed during testing will not be allowed to go back to finish the assessment when they return. There can be no interruptions during the assessment time frame and an early dismissal will cause a major interruption during the testing window. Please avoid dismissing students during testing as this can cause a violation in test protocol for our school.

If your child becomes ill and needs to be dismissed due to an illness while taking the assessment, there is a protocol in place that will allow them to make up the portion of the test they need to complete. This will be addressed on a case by case basis.

Assessment Make-Ups

In the event that your child is absent on a testing date there will be make-up days. Our testing window ends April 6th.

The following dates are set aside for make-ups:

March 27th

April 1st

April 2nd

April 6th