In anticipation of questions you may have about the PARCC assessments we have identified a collection of questions that are general in nature as well as specific to your child or the grade level of your child. If you have a question that is not answered below, please pose your question to your school principal.
PARCC assessments will be administered in grades 3-11 this school year, in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. Additionally, an assessment will be administered to any 12th grade student who is currently enrolled in ELA9, ELA10 or ELA11 and an Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II.
PARCC is an assessment of the common core and
our curriculum has been aligned to the common core since 2010. In addition,
our teachers at every level (elementary, middle and high school are committed
to incorporating best instructional practices, which support both the
technology and the content assessed on the PARCC assessments.
When will PARCC testing occur this school year?
Regular Administration for Grades 3-8 will occur March 27 - May 19, 2017
Regular Administration for High School Students will occur March 27 - May 19, 2017
In the chart below, the times are presented by grade level and by subject areas.
English Language Arts
|ELA*||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Total Time|
|Grade 3||90 minutes||75 minutes||90 minutes||4.25 hours|
|Grade 4-5||90 minutes||90 minutes||90 minutes||4.5 hours|
|Grade 6-11||110 minutes||110 minutes||90 minutes||5 hours and 10 minutes|
|Math||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4||Total Time|
|Grade 3-5||60 minutes||60 minutes||60 minutes||60 minutes||4 hours|
|Grade 6-8||80 minutes||80 minutes||80 minutes||N/A||4 hours|
|90 minutes||90 minutes||90 minutes||N/A||4.5 hours|
Yes. Students with 504 plans ,IEP’s, and who are English Language Learners can receive PARCC accommodations. In addition, all students are entitled to PARCC accessibility features.
This link provides a tutorial of some of the accessibility and accommodations for the PARCC assessments: http://parcc.pearson.com/tutorial/
The PARCC has replaced the NJASK for Language Arts and Mathematics, however students in grades 4 and 8 will still take the NJASK Science test. The NJASK Science Grade 4 and 8 test will be administered on May 31, 2017.[Top]
All high school students, irrespective of grade level and previous PARCC test history, who are currently enrolled in an Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II course, must take the PARCC assessment for that course. (This includes high school students who previously took the Algebra I or Geometry assessment in middle school and are repeating the course). High school students not currently enrolled in a requisite mathematics course will not take a PARCC mathematics assessment at this time.[Top]
Students who are enrolled in multiple mathematics courses during the regular school year (i.e. Algebra I and Geometry or Geometry and Algebra II), will take only one PARCC mathematics assessment, either Algebra I or Algebra II.[Top]
Please visit the NJ Department of Education website to view the graduation requirements established for the classes of 2017-19, 2020 and 2021 & beyond.
In 1975, New Jersey passed the Public School Education Act, requiring schools to give students a thorough and efficient education. In 1978, the Minimum Basic Skills test was given in grades 3, 6 and 9 to assess if students were being adequately educated. Passing this test became a requirement for graduation beginning in 1983.[Top]
In 2001, NCLB required schools with students in grades three through twelve to demonstrate annual yearly progress (AYP), and required 95% of students to be tested. Doing so was tied to federal funding.[Top]
New Jersey does not currently have an opt-out policy. Students are expected to participate in state assessment programs, as per the provisions under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.), and as advised by the Executive County Superintendent's Office.
However, if you decide to refuse the PARCC assessments for your child, it will not result in disciplinary action by the District, but may jeopardize a student’s ability to fulfill all New Jersey Department of Education requirements for graduation (see "Graduation Testing Requirements for the State of New Jersey" posted above).
The recently reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is now the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), continues to require each state that receives funding under Title I, Part A to implement a high-quality academic assessment system and that all children in tested grades participate. In particular it requires schools with students in grades three through twelve to demonstrate Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). In order to make AYP, a school must ensure that assessments have been taken by at least ninety-five percent (95%) of enrolled students in each subgroup, i.e., special education, English language learners, low income, race/ethnicity. Federal funding of key education programs is dependent upon districts meeting this requirement. The ESSA does not preempt a state or local law regarding the decision of a parent to not have their child participate in the assessments. However, that child is still counted against the 95% participation rate requirement.[Top]
Are schools required to offer alternative instruction if my child does not participate in testing?