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 2017.

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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 2017-18 school year?

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    Yes, some LHS courses will use the 2017 PARCC results as a prerequisite into some of the courses.  Please see the 2017-18 LHS Course of Study for the specific courses. 

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  • When will the PARCC be administered?

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    Beginning March 27, 2017 and ending on May 19, 2017, 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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    On August 3, 2016 the State Board of Education approved updated state regulations for the high school graduation assessments requirements in both English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for the Classes of 2017 and beyond.

     

    • The graduation classes of 2017-2019 (current 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students) may meet the New Jersey graduation in a variety of pathways:

         1. demonstrating proficiency on the PARCC assessment

         2. achieving a specific minimum score on an alternative assessment (i.e. Accuplacer, ASVAB, PSAT, or SAT), or

         3. through the portfolio appeal process (CRT).

     

    • The graduating class of 2020 (current 9th grade students) must take all end-of-course assessments available as the classes of 2017-2019 to fulfill the New Jersey graduation assessment requirement. 

     

    • The Class of 2021 and Beyond (Class of 2021 is the current 8th graders)- Starting with the class of 2021, student will only have two pathways to meet the high school graduation assessment requirements:

         1. Pass the ELA 10 and Algebra 1 assessments; or

         2. The submission by the district of a student portfolio through the Department’s portfolio appeals process, assuming the student has taken all PARCC assessments associated with the high-school level courses for which they were eligible* and receives valid scores. 

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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 2017 PARCC scores be available to school districts?

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    Student score reports are anticipated in early fall 2017.

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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/

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  • Where can I locate PARCC Practice Tests?

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    https://prc.parcconline.org/assessments/parcc-released-items

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