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PARCC Test New Jersey

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test measure students' performance and ability to cope up with next grade material. New Jersey employs the PARCC to measure students' ability to understand concepts rather than memorize facts. The PARCC Math test requires students to apply mathematical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems, while the PARCC ELA test requires students to read critically and analyze given texts, using evidence from the text to support their arguments.

PARCC Performance Levels New Jersey

The PARCC score levels rate students' performance, each level indicates how well students met the expectations for their grade:

Levels 1 and 2 indicates the student didn't meet expectations or partially met them, respectively. These levels are marked by a down arrow and mean that the student had failed.

Students that approached expectations are in Level 3, which is the minimum score required to pass the PARCC. It is marked in a bidirectional arrow.

Level 4 is for students who met the PARCC expectations. It is represented by an up arrow and it indicates that the student demonstrated readiness for the next grade and eventually college and career.

Level 5 is for students who exceed expectations, this is the highest possible level and it is also represented by an up arrow.

PARCC Assessment Report

The PARCC Assessment Report summarize the student achievements and is divided to Mathematics Assessment and English Language Arts/Literacy Assessment. The reports are being sent to schools, parents are advised to contact schools to receive the information.

The student receives an overall scale score which is a score ranged between 650 and 850. According to the overall scale score the student is placed in one of the five performance levels.

In addition, the Report contains the averages of school, district and state. Teachers and parents can compare the averages to the students average to get a clearer picture of the students performances.

How PARCC Scores Affect Students in New Jersey

The PARCC scores are useful not only for the state but also for students and schools. Teachers may use this information to promote students to accelerated programs, and some colleges even use PARCC scores as one of their placement tools. Teachers can also use the information made accessible by the PARCC to spot students in need of remedial support.

In some districts, PARCC scores are used to determine 10% of their overall ratings for the corresponding school year. PARCC scores are also used to create performance reports for each school by the New Jersey Department of Education. These reports affect the rating of the school. Learn more about PARCC scores.

New Jersey Graduation Requirements

Classes 2017, 2018, and 2019 may graduate by achieving passing scores on high-level PARCC assessments. However, they may also pass the ACT, SAT, PSAT, Accuplacer, and ASVAB-AFQT tests, or use a student portfolio prepared by school districts or charter schools instead.

Students of the class of 2020 must take all PARCC high school assessments associated with courses in which they enrolled and received valid scores. However, they are also eligible to use multiple options to graduate aside from the PARCC exams.

For the class of 2021 and beyond, proficiency on the PARCC ELA for grade 10 and PARCC Algebra I exams will serve as a graduation requirement. Students who fail to earn a proficient score after multiple opportunities to take these two exams are eligible to use the portfolio appeal process to graduate. No other assessment may be used to meet the graduation requirements.

Prepare for the PARCC

The PARCC by Pearson is mostly covered by the curriculum. It is mostly administered in a computer-based environment, but it also have a paper-based version.

Preparing for the PARCC might get difficult. For that reason, Pearson published tutorials available here, which are meant to help you navigate thorough the test. Moreover, you can take a practice test to familiarize yourself with both the Mathematics and the ELA sections. The practice tests and tutorials refer to the paper-based and the computer-based versions of the tests. 

Prior to the exam, you should consult your teachers to hear their thoughts about the upcoming PARCC test. Focus on your strengths and weakness so you will know which subject require more work. That way, you can plan your time effectively.

New Jersey PARCC Practice Pack - Online

The PARCC tests assess students' understanding of taught material rather than superficial facts. Students are asked to apply mathematical reasoning and to analyze texts to solve problems, a thought process that requires practice to master. Since the PARCC plays a significant role in influencing your child's future, it is vital to spend time preparing for it.

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