What is PARCC?
In 2014 New Jersey joined other states across the nation to create the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). This consortium of states worked together to develop a common set of assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers.
PARCC helps us measure how well schools throughout the state are doing on the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. New Jersey has replaced the NJASK test with the PARCC test, so this is not “extra” testing – it IS the test!
The New Jersey Student Learning Standards set goals for learning, but allow each district to decide what to teach and how to teach it. Then PARCC measures students’ progress against those goals.
Think about it like this: the Olympics measure how well athletes perform, but they don’t tell the coaches how to train their athletes!
All students in grades 3-11 will be assessed in English Language Arts and Math.
A very few students, who used to take the APA, will now take a different test called the DLM instead of PARCC.
When are the Tests Given?
Students are assessed once per year, in the Spring. See the District Assessment Calendar for more information.
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PARCC Practice Tests
Would you want to know what taking the English/Language Arts/Literacy or Math portion of the PARCC Performance-Based Assessment is really like? A practice test for each grade is available for you to use to familiarize yourself with the kinds of items and format used for the PBA tests.
Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards- (In English and Spanish)
The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in English language arts/literacy provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.
This toolkit will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage.
Raise the Bar: Parents Helping Parents
A community of parents committed to high expectations and support to ensure our children’s educational success. We are working to provide ways for parents to understand how our children are doing, how parents can help at home, and how we can promote meaningful family involvement in education.