• PARCC

    PARCC FAQ

    2017-2018 
    What is PARCC? 
     
    The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a computer-based assessment of Mathematics and English Language Arts. State law requires all students in grades 3-8 to participate in state assessments.  The PARCC replaces the NJASK in grades 3-8. 
     
    The New Jersey Department of Education is currently in the process of developing a new science assessment.  Students will no longer take the state assessment for science in 4th grade.  The assessment will be aligned with the newly implemented New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Science.  Information regarding that assessment will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.
     
     
     
    How does PARCC differ from NJASK?
     
    PARCC is the first online state mandated assessment.  This test is aligned to the state's new academic standards that are guiding what and how your child is taught in class, and it is designed to measure students’ progress with state standards.  The PARCC assessment go beyond multiple-choice questions to get a deeper understanding of your child's learning.  The questions require your child to apply his or her knowledge and skills to address real-world problems and describe the reasoning.  The in-depth questions allows parents and students to receive more detailed information about student learning than previous tests.  
     
     
    May my child opt-out of state testing? 
      

    Per state guidelines, there is no provision to opt-out of the PARCC assessment. The New Jersey Department of Education has provided schools the following guidance:


    ...State law and regulations require all students to take State assessments. For the 2014-2015 school year, the PARCC assessment will replace the prior statewide assessments - the NJASK in grades 3-8 and HSPA in high school; as such, all students shall take the PARCC assessment as scheduled. Since the PARCC assessment is part of the State required educational program, schools are not required to provide an alternative educational program for students who do not participate in the statewide assessment.

     
     

    Why should my child take the PARCC test?

     

    In addition to providing an overall score in both subjects, the PARCC assessment also shows how well your child is performing compared to peers in his or her grade level, school, as well as useful information about your children's strengths and areas for improvement.  PARCC is not meant to provide a complete picture of student achievement, but when combined with other measures, including teacher reports and student grades, it provides important information about you child's progress. 

     

     

    Can PARCC help my child improve?

    Yes.  The PARCC reports provide a break down of each subject tested into different categories of skills and shows how well your child performed in each.  This helps you and your child's teacher understand your child's strengths and areas in need of improvement.  You can use this information to discuss academic plans, supports, or challenges needed in class and other ways to support your child at home.  Teachers and principals will use this information to improve classroom instruction and provide more effective and targeted support and professional development.  They can also identify where your child has mastered content so they can provide more challenging work to continue to keep him or her engaged and making progress.

     

    When will the PARCC be administered?

     

    The PARCC testing window runs from April 16, 2018 - May 25, 2018.  Our testing dates are as follows:


    April 23, 2018 - May 1, 2018. Makeups will begin May 1st for 6th grade and May 2nd for all other grades (these dates are subject to change with advanced notice to parents).

     

     

    Why is my child's participation important?

     

    The PARCC test serves as an 'academic checkup'.  This is only one measure of your child's progress, however, the scores can be compared from one year to the next.  The test is a useful tool to determine your child's performance and the level of progress and readiness for the next grade.  Eventually the PARCC assessment will tell you how well your child is prepared for success after graduation.

     

    Will students have opportunities to practice the tests?

     
    Classroom teachers have introduced sample items and practice tests in class. Students will also be given an opportunity to complete practice assessments in class and during Enrichment Tech.  The students will have access to PARCC released samples outside of school.
     
     

    What types of accommodations will be allowed for students with disabilities for the PARCC assessments?

     

    The PARCC Accessibility and Accommodations Manual found on the PARCC website is a comprehensive policy document which provides guidance and support to ensure that students with disabilities are provided appropriate access to the PARCC assessment.