A New Vision of Assessment
• Texts Worth Reading
• Problems Worth Solving
• Tests Worth Taking
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop 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. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.
Specific information about PARCC in New Jersey can be found HERE . The PARCC assessments are closely aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Frequently asked questions about the CCSS can be found HERE.
• Students will be sitting for longer exams, and in front of computers or other electronic devices.
• For New Jersey, it will certainly be more testing than now, although in shorter spread over a longer period of time.
• Students in elementary school will take two sets of exams.
-One will be given three-quarters of the way through the school year, and will chiefly test performance-based skills such as a research project or narrative writing.
-The other will come near the end of the year and will use shorter questions to test overall skills and knowledge.
All told, students would sit for nine different tests: five in language arts, four in math.
• And while duration has yet to be determined, state officials said it would be about eight hours over those nine sessions, compared with the five-and-a half-hours of testing now given over four mornings.
• State officials stressed that while the hours are longer, the testing will be less intrusive and ultimately far more sophisticated in determining where children’s strengths and needs are..
• “Because they are shorter sessions, they can be done within the schedule of a normal day,” said Bari Erlichson, an assistant education commissioner. “It is much more flexible and individualized way of administering a test than we have today.”