Common Core (PARCC & SBAC) linking studies

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The Projected Proficiency reports depend on linking studies that correlate RIT scores to state proficiency test results. The linking study for Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is available as of December 2015. However, at this time, only some data is yet available for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

PARCC Linking Study: Available for Illinois, New Mexico, and Colorado.
SBAC Linking Study: Full study | One page data table

When will the PARCC linking studies be available for my state?

NWEA requires a certain number of test results to be shared with NWEA before we can perform an analysis. Once the tests are administered, NWEA will reach out to schools to gather data to create linking studies. Since it can take some time for results to be returned to schools and shared with NWEA, we don't have an estimated date for when the PARCC linking study will be available.

To check your state's available linking study:

  1. Go to
  2. Select Where are you located? at the top.
  3. Select your state from the menu and click Go.

SBAC linking data table information:

Data was collected from 87 schools in California, 44 schools in Washington, and seven schools in Maine. The data contained matched Smarter Balanced and MAP Growth math scores from a total of 39,582 students from grades 3 – 8 and matched Smarter Balanced ELA and MAP Growth reading scores from 39,530 students from Grades 3 – 8 who completed both Smarter Balanced and MAP Growth tests in the spring of 2015.

For more information about the study methodology, please see the full SBAC Linking Study on

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