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ABOUT PARCC / NJSLA TEST
PARCC or “Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers” is a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs.
It is designed to give your school information about how well your children are achieving in the areas required by the Common Core Standards.
NOTE: For New Jersey Public School Students, the PARCC test is replaced by NJSLA test.
The PARCC assessments cover two courses – English language arts/literacy and mathematics – for students between Grade 3 and Grade 11. These exams are intended to be used as indicators of student needs and progress for teachers to identify and address
The exact duration of the test depends on the grade and subject. Please see PARCC Duration (will open in a new window) for exact duration.
There will be two major releases of the Practice Test as follows:
A Performance based Assessment (PBA) component, administered after approximately 75% of the school year, and
An End of Year assessment (EOY) component, administered after approximately 90% of the school year. The exact dates are not published yet.
Below is more details on the two releases of PARCC:
Performance based Assessment
English Language Arts/Literacy: Grades 3-11 Performance Based tests
Mathematics: Grades 3-8 Performance Based tests in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry
At each grade level the Performance Based Assessment component will require five sessions – three sessions for ELA/Literacy and two sessions for Mathematics.
End of Year Assessment
English Language Arts/Literacy: Grades 3-11 End of Year tests
Mathematics: Grades 3-8, Algebra I and Geometry End of Year tests
The End of Year component at each grade level will require four sessions – two sessions for ELA/Literacy and two
sessions for Mathematics.
PARCC scored have to be reviewed in 4 steps as follows:
STEP 1: Overall Performance
Your student’s overall score (out of a possible 850) and performance level (1-5) gives a quick glimpse of whether he or she is on-track with grade-level expectations. Level 1 indicates the greatest need for improvement and Level 5 indicates the strongest performance.
STEP 2: Performance Levels
The color-coded key next to the overall performance information provides details on each of the different performance levels. They describe how well students met grade-level expectations.
STEP 3: Score Graph
The colored graph shows the score ranges for each performance level and where your child’s score falls within that range, indicating how close your child is to the next level. This section also shows how your student is performing compared to students in the same school, as well as across the district, state, and, in some states, across the states administering the PARCC test.
STEP 4: Score Breakdown
On page two, the English language arts report will show your student’s overall performance in reading and writing, as well as your child’s numerical score for a sub-set of questions in those categories. You will also receive information about your child’s performance on specific skills within English language arts, so you can see where your student is excelling or needs additional support. Each area includes a description of the skills needed to demonstrate a clear understanding of grade-level standards.
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