PARCC is the "Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and
Careers". It is a group of states (including New Jersey) that came
together to create a set of assessments to measure students' readiness
for life beyond their K-12 education. PARCC assessments are
computer-based, allowing for more dynamic and engaging questions and
adding accessibility features for all students.
During the 2013-2014 school year, several groups of students at the
UES and MHS participated in a "field test" of the PARCC assessment.
This field test allowed Pearson (the company hosting the online
PARCC Tests) to make sure their systems were performing well and also
allow schools across the country to become familiar with the testing
process and ensure their technology infrastructure was adequate for
online testing. These field tests went well for MTPS.
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, students in grades 3-11 took the
PARCC assessment. Details on each year's testing schedule and other
information will be released as they become available.
For more information:
PARCC Data Year One: A Study Year (Nov. 2015 update)
discussed in our meetings last year, we will proceed carefully with the
use of PARCC data in the first few testing cycles. We all have many
questions regarding the mountain of data coming our way; it will be our
practice to study the data at the district and school levels first in
order to better understand how the PARCC assessment may be used to
measure and improve our programs and curriculum. The administrative team
will be attending workshops over the next three months that will assist
us in understanding how best to drill down into the data. We will then
work with classroom teachers to do the same. This is a huge learning
curve for all of us. We will need ample time and space in order to do
New Jersey Department of Education is scheduled to begin releasing the
data in portions throughout November and December of this year. Over
the next six weeks, we anticipate receiving the district data and
individual score reports (ISR) for students. The links below will
provide you with a view of mock student reports to begin to familiarize
yourself with how they will look for your child(ren). As we shared with the community last spring, individual PARCC
results will not be used for placement until we are comfortable and
confident that it truly represents the student's knowledge and skill.
will continue to keep you apprised of our progress and of the timelines
for dissemination of the student-level data. We are also planning
programs much like the ones we did last year for the PARCC administration to discuss the use of data. Stay posted.
PROTOCOL FOR THE PARCC ASSESSMENT FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR