PARCC

February 2018 PARCC Letter from Dr. Tew

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Each spring, Robbinsville takes part in state sponsored standardized testing
created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). This means students in grades 3-11 will participate in assessments that measure their progress in both Mathematics and Language Arts.


In the past, participation in the PARCC assessment was NOT required to graduate. However, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has communicated graduation requirements for the classes of 2020, 2021, and beyond.


The Classes of 2018 and 2019 (Seniors and Juniors)
– Students graduating as members of the Classes of 2018 and 2019 can meet graduation assessment requirements through any of these three pathways: (1) Achieving passing scores on high-level PARCC assessments; (2) Achieving certain scores on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer; or (3) The submission by the district of a student portfolio through the Department’s portfolio appeals process. Please see this link for more information about alternative pathway assessments from the NJDOE.


The Class of 2020 (Sophomores)
– 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.

Unlike previous graduating classes, the class of 2020 (Sophomores) must take all the PARCC assessments associated with the high-school level courses for which they are eligible.
This means that even though students can use their passing scores on alternative assessments to graduate, they still need to sit for all high school PARCC ELA and Math assessments. Please see this link for more information about alternative pathway assessments from the NJDOE.


The Class of 2021 (Freshman) and Beyond
– Starting with the Class of 2021, students must take PARCC ELA 9, 10 and 11; however, they must pass ELA 10 in order to satisfy the graduation requirement for ELA. For math, students must take PARCC Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2; however, they must pass Algebra 1 in order to satisfy the graduation requirement for Math. This graduation requirement includes middle school students who take Algebra I in 7th or 8th grade.


If students are unable to demonstrate proficiency, they will NOT be able to use passing scores on alternative pathway assessments such as the ACT or SAT. Instead, they will have to submit a NJDOE portfolio appeal and/or take an Algebra refresher course before retaking the test. Please see this
link  for more information about graduation requirements. It is important to note that all students in the class of 2021 and beyond must sit for all the high school PARCC assessments in order to graduate, even if they have to use a NJDOE portfolio appeal to earn a passing score.


Since the inception of the PARCC assessment, the NJDOE has revised graduation requirements each year. As we receive information, we will continue to communicate any changes to the Robbinsville community. Please also reach out to your building administrators, guidance counselors, and/or myself if you have additional questions. In this email blast, I am also including a user-friendly slideshow about 2018 PARCC testing that includes details about specific testing dates and further information about graduation requirements.


Thank you, 


Dr. Kimberly Tew





 

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