PARCC Testing


MCST PARCC FAQ

Q.      What is PARCC?

A.      The state of New Jersey along with 12 other states and the District of Columbia have chosen Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) as the assessment to measure students’ progress against the Common Core State Standards. Federal law (No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top) requires states to student progress against rigorous standards. 

Q.      Which grades are tested?

A.       PARCC will be administered in grades 3 through 11 state-wide.


Q.      How does PARCC differ from previously mandated state assessments?

A.       PARCC is the first online assessment administered as a state assessment. In addition, PARCC is designed to most closely align with the expectations for critical thinking and analysis demanded by the Common Core. 

Q.       How will the district use data from the PARCC assessment?

A.       The district hopes to use student performance data from the PARCC to evaluate the efficacy of its academic  programs. Without immediate insight regarding how students will score and the quality of data received, the district does not plan to use the test results for course placement purposes.

Q.       When does PARCC count as a graduation requirement in New Jersey?

A.        At the high school level, end of course PARCC assessments (Algebra I and II, Geometry, English in grades 9, 10 and 11) are administered as students complete each course.  Specific requirements for each graduating class are listed below:



The Classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019 – Students graduating as members of the Classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019 can meet graduation assessment requirements through any of these three pathways: 

(1) Achieving passing scores on high-level PARCC assessments; 
(3) The submission by the district of a student portfolio through the Department’s portfolio appeals process. (Special Education students whose Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) specify an alternative way to demonstrate proficiencies will continue to follow the graduation requirements set forth in their IEPs.) 

The Class of 2020 – Students in the Class of 2020 can demonstrate graduation assessment proficiency through the same three pathways as those in the Classes of 2017 through 2019, provided that students in the Class of 2020 take all PARCC assessments associated with the high-school level courses for which they were eligible* and receive valid scores, as of the September 6, 2016 effective date of the amendments were adopted by the State Board of Education. 

The Class of 2021 and Beyond – Starting with the Class of 2021, students will only have two pathways to meet the high school graduation assessments requirements: 

(1) Pass the ELA 10 and Algebra 1 assessments; or 
(2) The submission by the district of a student portfolio through the Department’s portfolio appeals process, assuming the student has taken all PARCC assessments associated with the high-school level courses for which they were eligible* and receives valid scores. 


Q. When will the PARCC be administered?

A. The PARCC assessment will be administered May 14th, 15th 16th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd.  On testing days, the school will operate on a modified schedule with testing in the afternoon.


Q. How is MCST preparing our students academically?

A. All curricula are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and PARCC testing mirrors the kind of high 
quality work students are already doing in our classrooms throughout the year.  
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