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 State Standards. The PARCC assessments are designed to replace the NJASK in grades 3-8 in English Language Arts and Mathematics and the HSPA in grade 11. The PARCC assessments will be administered to students in grades 3-11 beginning in the spring of 2015
All curricula are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and the instructional sequence has been reorganized to address most crucial PARCC content before testing begins in March. PARCC testing mirrors the kind of high quality work students are already doing in our classrooms throughout the year.
A new keyboarding program for students in grades 2-8 called Learning.com was introduced this year. It is designed to help our students improve in keyboarding using EasyTech Keyboarding skills, with a focus on basic finger placement and posture. Keyboarding practice is crucial as we prepare our students for the 21st Century skill of touch typing. Students in grades 2-5 are already being given time during library/media to engage with the program. In grade 6-8 the program is infused into the technology classes.
The Irvington Public School District meets and exceeds all recommendations provided by PARCC and the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). All school districts were required to provide a detailed listing of the network infrastructure and computer devices that would be used to administer the PARCC assessment. Reports were made available rating each school’s readiness on a scale of 0 through 9, where 0 represents no PARCC technology readiness and 9 represents that all recommendations were met or exceeded. Irvington and all individual schools received a score of 9 in all categories.
Each student will use a Chrome book or computer when taking the PARCC assessment. A headset and mouse will also be available. The Chrome books may be used for instruction and PARCC training throughout the year. However, Chrome books will not be available for instruction during test administration periods.
No. School counselors can certify that a student in the senior classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018 meets the state proficiency requirements in many ways. For instance, a student may demonstrate proficiency via an SAT or ACT score in addition to the NJDOE’s long standing portfolio appeal process. However, if a student does pass a PARCC assessment in English Language Arts or Mathematics, the school may use the scores as a demonstration of proficiency. The state will be providing additional guidance to schools on how to determine proficiencies on substitute assessments and the PARCC assessments. It is anticipated that passing the PARCC assessments will become a graduation requirement for the senior class of 2019.
No. Although multiple sessions will be given in one day, 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.