The PARCC assessment system is an annual year-end test in English language arts/literacy, and mathematics in grades 3-8 and high school. The PARCC test replaces the old state tests. (NJASK and HSPA). The PARCC tests are only one of several measures, including report card grades, in-class performance,in-district benchmark assessments, diagnostic tools, that are used to determined a student’s academic achievement. The new assessments serve as an “educational GPS system,” measure students’ current performance, and point the way to what students need to learn by graduation so they are ready for college and/or a career. Recent independent studies have found PARCC aligns to the standards and assessment criteria that matter most.
Q: What are the expectations for mathematics?
Solve problems: content and mathematical practice
Model real world problems and Practical Solutions
Have fluency in mathematics
Q: What are the expectations for literacy?
Show they can read and understand complex passages
Conduct research and present findings
Demonstrate speaking and listening skills
Q: When is the PARCC testing window?
Grades 3- 8: April 4, 2016- May 13, 2016
High School: April 11, 2016- May 20, 2016
Scheduling may vary based upon school district
To check for any scheduling changes call 1-732-234-6685
Fully aligned to the CCSS
Assessment should work as a tool for enhancing teaching and learning
Ensure that every child is on a path to college and career readiness
Provide parents and teachers with timely information to identify students who may be falling behind and need extra help
ELA Times: Day 1 – 110 min Day 2 – 110 min Day 3 – 90 min
Math Times: (Math students take the PARCC based on the course in which they are enrolled) Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Integrated Mathematics I, II, III Day 1 – 90 min Day 2 – 90 min Day 3 – 90 min
In 2015-16, the assessment will be given during one window. States and schools will have up to 30 school days in which to test, but most can/will complete all testing in a week to two weeks, depending on their schedule and availability of laptops/devices.
The new single window will end at the 90% mark of the school year. Gone are the separate early spring performance-based (PBA) and late spring end-of-year (EOY) windows.
How are they scored?
PARCC reports results according to five performance levels that delineate the knowledge, skills, and practices students are able to demonstrate: Level 1: Did not yet meet expectations