PARCC

PARCC TESTING

PARCC – the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers – is a group of states working together to develop a common assessment to replace previous state standardized tests. This set of high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics are linked to the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 

PARCC states have committed to building a K-12 assessment system that:
• Builds a pathway to college and career readiness for all students.
• Creates high-quality assessments that measure the full range of the Common Core State Standards.
• Supports educators in the classroom.
• Makes better use of technology in assessments.
• Advances accountability at all levels.


HISTORY OF ASSESSMENTS IN NJ

New Jersey has had state assessments for decades. In addition, the federal government has required every school district to have a 95% participation rate in state testing since the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Since states are required to test students, New Jersey has taken a leading role in making a commitment to strengthen student knowledge and skills and ensure that the state tests will provide important data to parents and teachers.


REFUSAL

Refusal to test will not result in disciplinary action by the District, but may result in jeopardizing a student’s ability to fulfill all New Jersey Department of Education requirements to graduate from high school. As per Acting Commissioner Hespe’s October 30, 2014 memo, “schools are not required to provide an alternative educational program for students who do not participate in the statewide assessment. Please see following charts for specific graduation requirements based on graduation year. 


GRADUATION TESTING REQUIREMENTS

Pursuant to federal requirement N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-1, the New Jersey Commissioner of Education, with approval of the State Board of Education, is required to establish a program of standards for graduation from secondary school, and such a program shall include, “the development of a Statewide assessment test in reading, writing, and computational skills to be administered to all secondary school pupils”.  Beginning with the Class of 2016, the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) will no longer be a graduation requirement in the State of New Jersey. It has been replaced by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. All 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students in English Language Arts and all students taking Algebra I, II, and/or Geometry are defined as “tested” students under PARCC. 

ELA and Math Assessment Requirements for Class of 2018-2019 


Available Pathways

English Language Arts (ELA)

Mathematics

Take and Pass PARCC

PARCC ELA GR 9 >= 750

PARCC ELA GR 10 >= 750

PARCC ELA GR 11 >= 725

PARCC ALGEBRA 1 >= 750

PARCC GEOMETRY >= 725

PARCC ALGEBRA II >= 725

Take and Pass Alternative Assessment

SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing >= 450

SAT Reading > = 22

ACT Reading >= 16

Accuplacer WritePlacer >= 6

PSAT10 Reading >= 22

ACT Aspire Reading >= 422

ASVAB Composite >= 31

SAT Math Section >= 440

SAT Math Test > = 22

ACT Math >= 16

Accuplacer Elem Algebra >= 76

PSAT10 Math >= 22

ACT Aspire Math >= 422

ASVAB Composite >= 31

Portfolio Appeals

Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeals for ELA

Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeals for Mathematics

 

ELA and Math Assessment Requirements for Class of 2020 

Available Pathways

English Language Arts (ELA)

Mathematics

Take and Pass PARCC

PARCC ELA GR 9

PARCC ELA GR 10

PARCC ELA GR 11

PARCC ALGEBRA 1

PARCC GEOMETRY

PARCC ALGEBRA II

Take and Pass Alternative Assessment

This pathway is only available if a student takes all PARCC tests associated with the high school level courses for which they were eligible and receive valid scores

SAT Reading

ACT Reading

Accuplacer WritePlacer

PSAT10 Reading

ACT Aspire Reading

ASVAB Composite

SAT Math Section

SAT Math Test

ACT Math

Accuplacer Elem Algebra

PSAT10 Math

ACT Aspire Math

ASVAB Composite

Portfolio Appeals

This Pathway is only available if a student takes all PARCC tests associated with the high school level courses for which they were eligible and receive valid scores

Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeals for ELA

Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeals for Mathematics

 
ELA and Math Assessment Requirements for Class of 2021 

Available Pathways

English Language Arts (ELA)

Mathematics

Take and Pass PARCC

PARCC ELA Grade 10

PARCC Algebra I

Portfolio Appeals

This Pathway is only available if a student takes all PARCC tests associated with the high school level courses for which they were eligible

Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeals for ELA

Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeals for Mathematics

 

RESULTS

Results of the 2016-2017 PARCC assessments will be available in the summer of 2017. Parents will receive individual student reports, as well as a guide to understand and interpret these reports.

 

BEGINNING IN 2016


Sterling High School will be administering the PARCC in both the fall and spring to accommodate our block schedule format.  Students enrolled in English I-III, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II will test during their regularly scheduled class.