PARCC FAQs

  • What is PARCC?

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    The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a computer based assessment of Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy Skills that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers and if students are meeting the new common core standards. The PARCC assessments are designed to replace the NJASK in grades 3-8 in Language Arts and Mathematics and the HSPA in grade 11. The PARCC assessments will be administered to students, this year, in the spring of 2016.

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  • Is/Are my child(ren) required to take the PARCC assessment?

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    Yes.  According to the New Jersey Department of Education N.J.A.C. 6A:8-4.1: All students at grade levels three through twelve and any other grade(s) designated by the Commissioner pursuant to 6A:8-4.1(a), shall take all appropriate statewide assessments as scheduled.  Parents/guardians who choose to have their child “refuse” to participate in the PARCC state assessment should send a signed letter to their child’s school principal specifically stating this request.  The principal should receive the “refusal” letter at least three school days prior to the first day of testing.

     

    While we respect and acknowledge a parent/guardian’s right to make educational decisions for their child, it is important to note that the New Jersey State Department of Education expects that all children will complete the appropriate PARCC assessment for their grade level and/or current course of educational program.  

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  • Will PARCC results be used to place students in programs during the 2015-16 school year?

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    No. The district utilizes multiple measures to identify students for advanced or intervention programs.  The revised eligibility criteria for advanced and intervention programs for the 2016-17 school year will be available on April 30, 2016.  We will examine the results we receive from PARCC and determine if they are to be used as a component in determining eligibility in our programs in subsequent years. 

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  • When will the PARCC be administered?

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    Beginning April 4, 2016 and ending on May 13, 2016, the PARCC assessment will be administered to all students in grades 3 through 11 on various (to- be-determined) days and times. A specific testing schedule for each grade level, with dates and times, will be forthcoming in the near future.

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  • Is “passing” the PARCC assessment a requirement for graduation?

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    No, not at this time. However, PARCC is one of the many different assessments currently used to determine the testing graduation requirement for New Jersey. School counselors can certify that a student has met the state proficiency requirements in many ways. For instance, a student may demonstrate proficiency via an SAT, PSAT, ACT score (and other test scores located in the grid in the link in the upper left titled "PARCC and the Graduation Connection") in addition to the NJDOE’s long standing portfolio appeal process. In other words, if a student does pass a PARCC assessment in English Language Arts or Mathematics, the school may use those scores as a demonstration of proficiency. It is anticipated that passing the PARCC assessments will become a graduation requirement for the class of 2020.

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  • Do LMS students who are taking Algebra I or Geometry have to take the respective PARCC exam?

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    Yes. If a student is enrolled in Algebra I or Geometry, while in the middle school, he/she will be administered the PARCC Algebra I or Geometry assessment in lieu of their grade-level math PARCC exam. 

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  • If a student does not meet minimum proficiency on the PARCC, are they required to retake the test?

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    No.  A student is not required to retake an assessment or retake the course based on his/her PARCC scores.

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  • Are accommodations available for students with disabilities and English Language Learners?

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    Yes. To the extent allowed, students will continue to have their normal accommodations in place. The PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual on the PARCC website provides guidance to districts and decision-making teams to ensure that the PARCC assessments provide valid results for all participating students. Please contact your child’s case manager or guidance counselor if you have specific questions regarding accommodations.

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  • Will a student be scheduled for more than one test session per day?

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    No, a student will participate in only one test session per day. Each testing session must be completed within the same day, and schools must schedule according to “Total Administration Time,” so that students who need the additional time are able to use it.

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  • How long are the PARCC exams?

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    The PARCC assessment requires 7 exam sessions (60-90 minutes each) for Grades 3-5 (4 Math, 3 Language Arts), and the PARCC assessment requires 6 exam sessions (60-110 minutes each) for Grades 6-11 (3 Math, 3 Language Arts).

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  • When will the 2015 PARCC scores be available to school districts?

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    Student score reports are said to be available in October of 2016.

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  • Where can I find additional information?

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    http://parcc.pearson.com

    http://www.parcconline.org

    http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/assessments/

    http://www.njpta.org/PTA%20New%20jersey%20Assessment%20Guide.pdf

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  • Where can I locate PARCC Practice Tests?

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    English Language Arts

    http://parcc.pearson.com/practice -tests/english/

    Mathematics

    http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/math/

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