Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers (PARCC)
Students in grades 3, 4, 5, & 6 will take the PARCC Assessments in Spring 2017Our school schedule will be available here at a later date.
On October 18, 2016, the Springfield Township School District PARCC Results for the 2015-2016 administrations were presented at the Board Meeting. Please click here to view the slideshow presentation in PDF format.
What is the PARCC?
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of 23 states and Washington, DC working collaboratively to develop the next generation of K-12 assessments to measure the Common Core State Standards relative to student preparedness for college and careers.
The PARCC consortium is currently designing common assessments for English Language Arts and Mathematics that are anchored in college- and career- readiness. These new assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support.
The PARCC Vision:
PARCC states have committed to building a K-12 assessment system that:
- Builds a pathway to college and career readiness for all students
- Creates high-quality assessments that measure the full range of the Common Core State Standards,
- Supports educators in the classroom,
- Makes better use of technology in assessments, and
- Advances accountability at all levels
The New Jersey State Board of Education adopted the Common Core Standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy in Spring 2010 . In 2011, New Jersey became a Governing State and helped shape PARCC’s proposal for a common, next-generation assessment system.
Can a student “opt-out” of the PARCC assessments?
As stated in New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner David Hespe’s October 30 memo, federal requirements mandate New Jersey develop a Statewide assessment in reading, writing, and math, and that local school districts administer these tests to all students in grades 3-12. In accordance with the above, Springfield, like all NJ districts, cannot offer an opt-out option for State mandated assessments. To help foster a positive transition to these new assessments, Springfield Township School will provide opportunities for families to learn about the proposed merits of PARCC and the district’s plan to train staff, administer the assessments, and use the results to strategically inform teaching and learning.
Please refer to Springfield Township School's PARCC Procedures for District information.