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. Fourth graders will still take the NJASK Science assessment.
How does PARCC differ from NJASK?
PARCC is the first online state mandated assessment. It is designed to measure students’ progress with state standards
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.
What design changes have been made?
- The PARCC test is 90 minutes shorter than in 2014-2015 - 60 minutes less for mathematics and 30 minutes less for English Language Arts/Literacy.
- Fewer test sessions - now only six or seven test sessions for students compared to eight or nine.
- There is one test window instead of two.
When will the PARCC be administered?
The PARCC testing window runs from March 27th - May 19th. Our testing dates are as follows:
May 1, 2017 - May 9, 2017. Makeups will begin May 9th for 6th grade and May 10th for all other grades.
The 4th grade NJASK Science test will be administered on May 31, 2017. Makeups are scheduled for June 7th.
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.
What resources are available?
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