PARCC APIP® Profile

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) profile of the Accessible Portable Item Protocol® specification enables interoperability of the packaging and delivery of assessment tests and items, as well as the Personal Needs and Preferences instances related to accessibility content. The PARCC technical team, IMS contributing members interested in the developoment of the profile, and the IMS staff worked together to identify the requirements and elective features of the profile as documented here. The QTI Evolution and Certification Committee, an organization of IMS members responsible for the development, maintanence and conformance certification cirteria, approved this profile in early 2016.

This page provides links to the PARCC APIP Profile documentation. Those interested in certifying their systems or content as conformant to the PARCC APIP Profile are required to be an IMS Contributing, Affiliate, or eAssessment Alliance Member. A summary of membership details and benefits is available here: https://www.imsglobal.org/imsmembership.html

APIP Specification Documents

As an official profile or subset of APIP, we refer you to the APIP v1.0 specification as the starting point for implementing the PARCC requirements. The Best Practice and Implementation Guide and the APIP Technical Specification documents provide details and samples that will help you understand the APIP and QTI specifications.

PARCC XML Schema Documents (XSDs)

PARCC PNP XSDs

PARCC Specific Details

PARCC Schema Checklists

PARCC PNP Schema Checklists

PARCC APIP Profile Conformance Certification

The online instructions and test resources for PARCC APIP conformance certification are available to IMS members, including eAssessment Alliance members. If you are interested in certifying your product agains the PARCC APIP profile, Information about Alliance membership is available here.

PARCC APIP Profile Features Matrix

The table below shows the required (R) and elective (e) features of the PARCC APIP Profile.

PARCC APIP CONFORMANCE STATEMENTS        
Id Feature PARCC Content (Item/Test Bank) PARCC Authoring System PARCC Delivery System PARCC PNP System
Tests
T1 Outcome Declaration e R R N/A
T2 Time Limits e e e N/A
T3 Stylesheet version (CSS2.1) e e e N/A
T4 Test Parts e R R N/A
T5     Item Session Control e R R N/A
T6     Time Limits e e e N/A
T7     Sections e R R N/A
T8 Test Feedback (Testpart-level) - HTML e e e N/A
T9a Outcomes Processing-Full e e e N/A
T9b Outcomes Processing-CC N/A N/A N/A N/A
T10 Test Feedback (Testpart-level) - HTML e e e N/A
T11 ARIA - HTML e e e N/A
Sections
S1 Item Session Control X X X N/A
S2 Time Limits e e e N/A
S3 Selection e e e N/A
S4 Ordering e e e N/A
S5 Rubric Block - HTML e e e N/A
S6 Include e e e N/A
S7 Items e R R N/A
S8 Sections e R R N/A
Interactions
Q1 Associate Interaction e e e N/A
Q2 Choice Interaction R R R N/A
Q3a Custom Interaction (LTI) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Q3b Custom Interaction (PCI) R R R N/A
Q4 Drawing Interaction e e e N/A
Q5 End Attempt Interaction e e e N/A
Q6 Extended Text Interaction R R R N/A
Q7 Gap Match Interaction R R R N/A
Q8 Graphic Associate Interaction e e e N/A
Q9 Graphic Gap Match Interaction R R R N/A
Q10 Graphic Order Interaction e e e N/A
Q11 Hot-spot Interaction R R R N/A
Q12 Hot-text Interaction R R R N/A
Q13 Inline Choice Interaction R R R N/A
Q14 Match Interaction R R R N/A
Q15 Media Interaction e e e N/A
Q16 Order Interaction R R R N/A
Q17 Position Object Interaction e e e N/A
Q18 Selection Point Interaction e e e N/A
Q19 Slider Interaction e e e N/A
Q20 Text Entry Interaction R R R N/A
Q21 Upload Interaction e e e N/A
Q22 Custom Interaction (proprietary) e e e N/A
Items
I1 responseDeclaration R R R N/A
I2 outcomeDeclaration R R R N/A
I3 templateDeclaration R R R N/A
I4 Shared Stimulus - HTML R R R N/A
I5 templateProcessing e e e N/A
I6 Stylesheet (CSS2.1) R R R N/A
I7 Item Body R R R N/A
I8a HTML (Block) N/A N/A N/A N/A
I8b HTML (Full) R R R N/A
I9a Response Processing-Full R R R N/A
I9b Response Processing-Fixed Template R R R N/A
I10 Modal Feedback - HTML e e e N/A
I11 ARIA R R R N/A
I12 SSML N/A N/A N/A N/A
I13 Internationalization N/A N/A N/A N/A
I14 APIP Accessibility R R R N/A
Accessibility
A1 Spoken, Text Only R R R R
A2 Spoken, Text & Graphics R R R R
A3 Spoken, Non-Visual e e e e
A4 Spoken, Graphics Only e e e e
A5 Spoken, Directions Only e e e e
A6 Spoken, user preferences, including recording speed (slow, medium, fast) and voice type (human or synthetic) e e e e
A7 Screen Reader preferences (usage, speech rate, pitch, etc., for synthetic text-to-speech) e e e e
A8 Braille R R R R
A9 Braille user preferences (grade, dots, cells, etc.) e e e e
A10 Tactile e e e e
A11 Signing: ASL R R R R
A12 Signing: Signed English e e e e
A13 Item Translation R R R R
A14 Keyword Translation R R R e
A15 Simplified Language e e e e
A16 Alternate Representation R R R R
B1 Magnification N/A N/A R R
B2 Magnification, Amount (user preference) N/A N/A e e
B3 Reverse Contrast N/A N/A e e
B4 Alternate Text and Background Colors N/A N/A R R
B5 Alternate Text and Background Colors, Color Preferences N/A N/A R R
B6 Color Overlay N/A N/A e e
B7 Color Overlay, Color Preferences N/A N/A e e
C1 Answer Masking N/A N/A R R
C2 Masking N/A N/A R e
C3 Auditory Calming (background music) N/A N/A e e
C4 Additional Testing Time (including time & additional testing time tags) N/A N/A R e
C5 Breaks N/A N/A R e
C6 Keyword Emphasis R R R e
C7 Line Reader N/A N/A R e
C8 Line Reader, Color Preferences N/A N/A e e
C9 Language Learner Guidance e e e e
C10 Cognitive Guidance e e e e
D1 Calculator Companion Material R R R N/A
D2 Rule Companion Material R R R N/A
D3 Protractor Companion Material R R R N/A
D4 Reading Passage Companion Material R R R N/A
D5 Digital Companion Material R R R N/A
D6 Physical Companion Material R R R N/A
Results
R1 Context N/A N/A N/A N/A
R2 Test result N/A N/A N/A N/A
R3 Item Result N/A N/A N/A N/A
QTI Metadata
M1 Item Template e e e N/A
M2 Time Dependent e e e N/A
M3 Composite e e e N/A
M4 Interaction Type e e e N/A
M5 Feedback Type e e e N/A
M6 Solutions Available e e e N/A
M7 Tool Name e e e N/A
M8 Tool Version e e e N/A
M9 Tool Vendor e e e N/A
Packaging
P1 Test Instances R e R N/A
P2 Section Instances R e R N/A
P3 Item Banks R e e N/A
P4 Item Instances R R R N/A
P5 Manifest Metadata (LOM) R R R N/A
P6 Resource Metadata (LOM) R R R N/A
P7 Resource Metadata (QTI) R R R N/A
P8 Curriculum Standards Metadata R R R N/A
P9 External Metadata e e e N/A
P10 Learning Tools Interop v1.1 N/A N/A N/A N/A
 
Definitions
'Item/Test Bank' - Collection of items and related assets (inlcuding tests); no specific functions related to this collection; R denotes that the bank must not reject this feature.
'Authoring System' - System that allows content to be authored and exported to other systems; must support all assets and items that are required in the Delivery System.
'Delivery System' - System used to deliver tests and items to external users; must support all functionality represented in the required interaction types from the authoring system.
'PNP System' - System used to create and/or exchange the presentation preferences of individual users for the delivery of their assessment.
           
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‘X’ Denotes that this features is PROHIBITED in an instance (i.e., MUST NOT be included in the content).
‘R’ Denotes that an implementation MUST support the feature.
‘e’ Denotes that an implementation MAY ELECT to support the feature.
‘N/A’ Denotes that the feature is unavailable to this profile (i.e., it is covered by another established profile).