PARCC testing 2018

Posted by Rich Kuder on 3/19/2018

Dear Parents/Guardians: For the fourth year, the state of New Jersey students will participate in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers (PARCC) assessment. PARCC is designed to assess the curriculum content and skills that our students experience every day in our classrooms. The results of the test can provide you with timely information about your child’s progress and attainment of State Standards and also provide the district with important information of student progress towards College and Career Readiness. The assessment can also provide your child with valuable experience in taking online assessments in the future.

The Wyckoff PARCC testing window, including make-ups, will take place from April 18 - May 11 for grades 6-8, and April 30 - May 18 for grades 3-5. State law requires that all students take state assessments. Last year’s participation rate was high, and we anticipate your continued support. There is no “opt out” protocol by which parents can elect to have their child exempt from taking the test. We expect all grade 3-8 Wyckoff students to participate in the PARCC assessment. Absent students will be required to complete make-ups during the testing window. While the PARCC does not impact promotion or retention in grades 3-8, it will be used to meet the State requirements for high school graduation for any student currently enrolled in Algebra.

Even if the course is successfully taken in middle school, all students enrolled in Algebra must take and pass the Algebra 1 PARCC assessment in order to graduate from NJ public high schools.

More information can be found at NJ HS Graduation Requirements. In previous years, students in the state of New Jersey participated in the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) Science assessment in grades 4 and 8. New computer-based Science assessments that replace NJASK are being field-tested by the New Jersey Department of Education during Spring, 2018 in grades 5 and 8. All grade 5 and 8 students must be administered the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment for Science NJSLAScience field test. The NJSLA-S measures student proficiency with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science. The results will not be included as part of the State accountability for the 2017-2018 school year. Neither individual Science Student Reports will be provided to parents this year nor will results be used for student accountability. Students in grade 5 will take the test on May 15 and 16. Students in grade 8 will take the test on May 14 and 15. The elementary test consists of four 30-minute test units. The middle school test has four 45- minute units. For more information about the PARCC assessment or the NJSLA-Science, please access these links: Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers New Jersey Student Learning Assessment - Science (NJSLA-S)

As always, we appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal.