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About the PARCC Assessments


2018 Letter to Parents of Students in Grades 9-11

High School Graduation Assessment Requirements

Testing Schedule

Below is the PARCC schedule. Please ensure that your child gets plenty of rest, eats a healthy breakfast and comes to school prepared to focus on the PARCC assessments.


PARCC MAKE-UP DATES First open PM Session
PARCC DATES APRIL 23- 25, 2018




  Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
ELA Grades 9-11 90 min 90 min 90 min 4 hours, 30 min
Algebra I 90 min 90 min 90 min 4 hours, 30 min
Geometry 90 min 90 min 90 min 4 hours, 30 min
Algebra II 90 min 90 min 90 min 4 hours, 30 min













Why, What, and Who?
The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires that all students be tested annually in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3-11. (Students in grade 12 will not take a PARCC assessment regardless of the courses in which they are enrolled.) This year New Jersey will be replacing the NJASK and HSPA tests with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments.

At the high school the tests are for specific subjects. Students are tested in the following classes: English 9, English 10, English 11, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. If a student takes Algebra I in grade 8, they will be tested in Algebra I (and will not be taking the other grade 8 mathematics assessment). Students enrolled in multiple math courses that have a PARCC assessment, will only take the assessment for either Algebra I or Algebra II.

Score Report

The PARCC score report gives you a snapshot of how your child is progressing toward meeting grade-level expectations and mastering important skills, and shows where he or she excels or needs more support. This information, along with grades, teacher feedback and scores on other tests, will help give a more complete picture of how well your child is performing academically.  Your student’s overall score (out of a possible 850) and performance level (1-5) gives a quick glimpse of whether he or she is on-track with grade-level expectations. Level 1 indicates the greatest need for improvement and Level 5 indicates the strongest performance. 

Resources for PARCC Scores

Sample PARCC score report for Math grade 9

PARCC Resources – click the links below

PARCC website  

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accomodations Manual

Parent Guide for Score Report

For Students and Parents  – click the links below

PARCC sample items 

PARCC tutorial 

The purpose of these tutorials is to demonstrate the navigation and tools available for computer-based assessments and the use of the test booklet and answer documents for paper-based assessments. The items appearing in these tutorials are samples used to allow students and educators to gain familiarity with the technology platform and paper-based format that will be used for PARCC assessments.

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HIB Contacts

To report an incident of Harrassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB), please contact a specialist below.

District Anti-Bullying Coordinator

Doug Shunk or 609-586-5144, Ext. 2146

Back-Up Coordinator

David Lugo or 609-737-9785, Ext. 4012

Health Science Academy • Career Prep Specialist • Assunpink Center Specialist

Megan Ferdetta or 609-586-5144, Ext. 2140

District Specialist

Dana HiceDePugh or 609-438-0109

Adult Evening School Specialist

Mary Smith-Jones or 609-586-5146

Health Careers Center Specialist

Gary Mattia or 609-586-5144

Sypek Center Specialist • STEM Academy • Culinary Academy

Lance Simek or 609-737-9785, Ext. 4140

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