PARCC overview

We have put together some very brief information regarding the upcoming PARCC assessment.  This assessment does not apply to our current seniors.  Only students in grades 9, 10, and 11will be tested in the areas of Language Arts and Math.  The test will span many days in March but no individual student will test more than 3 days (5 days with certain accommodations).  The March portion of the PARCC is performance based and will test the application of skills and knowledge in Language Arts and Math.  The May portions of the PARCC are end of year assessments and designed to be more summative in nature.  We are working to provide as normal a school day as possible for students not testing on any given day.  We are limited to the numbers of students that can test on any one day by the number of hard wired computers in our building as the PARCC is a computer based test.

The best way to get an idea of what this assessment will look like is to see some sample questions.  The link below will give you an opportunity to take a practice test at grade 9, 10 or 11 in Language Arts or Math.  Our teachers are familiar with the design of these types of questions and have been incorporating similar question formats in the current content they are teaching to help prepare the students to best answer questions on the PARCC test.

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

We have also put together some information regarding the HS PARCC assessment for March to hopefully give you a better understanding of the schedule and time frames for the different grade levels.

http://www.rtnj.org/videos.cfm?vID=15963

We are encouraging students to participate in this assessment to the best of their ability.  I have never been a fan of utilizing one type of assessment to make judgements on educational programs and I view PARCC as just one possible piece of the academic puzzle for students.  It may be a format they have yet to experience in standardized testing but that doesn’t make it good or bad – it makes it a challenge and something that could possibly provide useful information to drive future educational programming.  There is information included in the video with regard to the procedure for parents who may choose to refuse participation in the PARCC assessment.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

2 thoughts on “PARCC overview

  1. If the HS students are taking the PARCC exam in March and May, what happens with Benchmarks? Does the March PARCC assessment replace 3rd Q Benchmarks? Also, I have heard that the PARCC exam will not count towards a students assessment for 3 years. Can you please confirm? If so, being that the PARCC exam replaces the HSPA, what is the assessment for students to graduate HS?

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    • Mrs. O’Malley;
      Hopefully some of my instant alerts have answered your questions. If not, please do not hesitate to give me a call in the office next week when we return from spring break and I will be happy to clarify any remaining questions.
      Hope you enjoyed the break.
      Sincerely,
      Debbie Iosso

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