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Meaning Behind PARCC Testing

Lauren Bruno, Writer

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PARCC stands for The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, and it is an assessment designed for a group of states working together to develop a modern assessment that replaces previous state standardized tests. The testing is supposed to provide better information for teachers and parents to identify where a student needs to be helped, or is excelling, so that they are able to enhance instruction to meet individual students’ needs. The PARCC test helps ensure that all students, regardless of income, family background, and geography, have equal access to education that will prepare them for success after high school in college and/or careers.

According to the PARCC website,  many of the old state tests measured only lower-level skills. The PARCC assessment system is an annual year-end test in English language arts/literacy and mathematics in grades 3-8 and high school. The new assessments serve as an “educational GPS system,” and measure students’ current performance, and point the way to what students need to learn by graduation so they are ready for college and/or a career.

The commissioner of PARCC for New Jersey is Kimberley Harrington, who is a former classroom teacher and school administrator who has more than 20 years of experience implementing academic programs and working directly with students and parents. She was a classroom teacher in New Jersey for 16 years and taught every grade from kindergarten to eighth grade. She also served three years as director of curriculum and instruction at the local level in New Jersey. Prior to becoming Commissioner, Harrington served for two years as Assistant Commissioner/Chief Academic Officer for the NJDOE. She was also in charge of implementing New Jersey’s new Student Learning Standards, with the ultimate goal of providing a path for students to become college- and career- ready. Throughout all her careers, Harrington has always maintained a focus on the importance of the cycle of teaching and learning and its impact on improved outcomes for students. She has a certificate in New Jersey for being a teacher, supervisor, and principal.

States participating in PARCC testing are Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island. Two more states, Massachusetts and Louisiana are participating at a different skill level. State Educational leaders who make up the Governing Board of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers are developing new options for all states to access high quality assessments.

PARCC states and PARCC, Inc. work with test vendors, states and other education entities interested in offering assessment solutions that include PARCC content. PARCC, Inc. is a non-profit project manager for the PARCC consortium of states, which oversees the development of the assessment system. The PARCC project also focuses on how to make the testing and practice tests for students in different states fulfill the requirements they need. The team that works on PARCC, Inc. has been recognized for its leadership in assessment development and consortium management, which has included a high level of outreach and engagement in states across the country.

In 2015, the New Jersey Education Commissioner David Hespe announced the scores and what the PARCC results mean. State officials admitted some of the statewide numbers were not pretty. More than half of students in grades 3 through 11 failed to meet the expectations for their grade level in Math and English. Hespe stated, “This first year’s results show there is still much work to be done in ensuring all of our students are fully prepared for the 21st century demands of college and career.”

About half of students in grades 3 through 8 met or exceeded expectations (scoring a 4 or 5) on the English exams, according to PARCC’s scoring standards. But the statewide scores dropped in grades 9 through 11. Many students in younger grades have been taught under the Common Core, the set of national standards PARCC is testing, since they entered school. So, it is logical they would do better on the exam. In most grades, the statewide scores on the PARCC math exam were lower than the English test. The NJ ASK also showed similar patterns with test scoring. Students were expected to struggle because the PARCC exam contains more complex problem-solving math questions and a new computerized format, said experts.

Hespe and other state education officials said the PARCC exams should be viewed as a tool, not a sign of if New Jersey’s schools are failing. Statewide scores on new tests are traditionally low and should serve as a baseline for future comparisons. “For local boards of education, the 2015 PARCC data can serve as an important starting point for an ongoing discussion about improving instruction,” said Lawrence Feinsod, who’s the executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association.

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