Welcome to the WTS PARCC Parent Resource Site. The amount of information pertaining to New Jersey’s new statewide assessment known as the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) can be overwhelming. WTS has created this site to bring important information items directly to you, our students’ parents and guardians.
In the spring of 2016, NJ students in grades 3-8 will be administered the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in both English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. This computerized series of assessments will be in lieu of the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) for ELA (English/Language Arts) and mathematics. However, students in grades 4 and 8 will continue to take the NJASK Science (later this spring) in accordance with State Department of Education guidelines. Both of these science assessments will be paper and pencil based, not computerized like the PARCC.
The calendar for the administration of these assessments can be accessed from the Assessment Calendar tab located atop this page. This calendar adheres to the testing windows established by the New Jersey Department of Education.
The PARCC is designed to measure the extent to which students have mastered the Common Core State Standards for English/language arts and mathematics. Last year was the first year that students took the PARCC. Since that time the developers have sought out feedback from educators and used the feedback to improve the assessment. One key improvement was to shorten the overall testing time and condensing to a single testing window.
The links at the top of this page (HOME, PARENTS, ASSESSMENT CALENDAR, TEST LENGTHS and PRACTICE) will provide you with information and help answer any questions you may have. As always, feel free to contact your child’s principal (or assistant principal) Mr. Papera, or Mr. Mohre should you need additional information.