• PARCC 2015 Score Report Information

    The below links will provide parents with information about the PARCC 2015 Individual Score Reports to be sent home sometime in December, once the state releases the scores. 

    ●     Video explaining the score reports:  http://www.understandthescore.org/

    ●     Additional resources for parents:  http://www.bealearninghero.org/

    ●     Information about the PARCC assessment including a sample score report:  http://www.parcconline.org/resources/parent-resources

    ●     New Jersey specific information:  http://www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/ 


    During the 2015-2016 school year, students in grades 3-11 will participate in an online assessment called The Partnership for Assessment for Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and is designed to determine a student’s readiness for college and career. It will help parents and teachers to determine whether or not students have achieved grade level standards. 

    The Medford Township School District participated in a PARCC Field Test during the 2013-2014 school year and the first year of PARCC testing in 2014-15. 
    The following descriptions are provided as an introduction and summary to some of the resources found on the PARCC website (http://www.parcconline.org/about-parcc). Please review and begin exploring the most current information on the PARCC testing that will occur in Spring 2016, in April and May. 

    About PARCC 

    This link gives an overview of The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers as well as their beliefs, the states who are participating in the PARCC assessments and resources.


    Who takes the PARCC assessments and what do they look like? 

    PARCC assessments will be administered in grades 3-11 this school year, in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. 

    All state tests are secure documents and are not released for public review. As was the case with the NJASK and HSPA, test security prohibits staff members from reviewing or discussing the test content. PARCC has provided test samples by grade level on its website.


    This link will provide specific grade level examples of PARCC questions by subject and grade level. In addition, sample scoring rubrics are also available.

    This link will allow you to access the PARCC sample items in the intended, online environment. Under "View Test Preparation", click the Practice Tests tab to get started. 


    How is the Medford Township School District preparing students for PARCC?
    Preparation for PARCC means trusting the curriculum, the instruction, and student learning through daily regular programming. PARCC is an assessment of the common core and our curriculum; it has been aligned to the common core since 2010. District wide our teachers work in collaborative teams with a focus on literacy, improving lesson development, classroom instruction, as well as the continued development of common assessments at higher Depth of Knowledge levels. In addition, our teachers are committed to incorporating best instructional practices, which support both the technology and the content assessed on the PARCC assessments. Medford Township teachers at every level (elementary and middle) are learning about PARCC, taking sample test and/or experiencing sample questions. 

    How are the subjects divided for the PARCC assessments? 

    PARCC assessments will be administered in grades 3-11 this school year in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics.

    This year, in 2015-16, PARCC will combine the performance-based assessment (PBA) and the end of year (EOY) assessment into one testing period, not two like last year. Students in grades 3-11 will take the combined PARCC assessment in English Language Arts and Mathematics between April 4 and May 13, 2016. 

    The English Language Arts test at each grade level will include 4-5 texts, both literary and informational. (including social science/historical, scientific, and technical texts at grades 6-11). A number of short-answer comprehension and vocabulary questions will also be associated with each text. The English Language Arts at each grade level will include three tasks, a literary analysis, a research simulation, and a narrative task. For each task, students will be asked to read or view one or more texts, answer several short comprehension and vocabulary questions, and write an essay that requires them to draw evidence from the text(s).

    The mathematics test at each grade level will include both short- and extended-response questions focused on applying skills and concepts to solve problems that require demonstration of the mathematical practices with a focus on modeling, reasoning and precision. The test will also have a number of short-answer questions focused on conceptual understanding, procedural skills, and application.


    How will the tests be scored and by whom?  

    Similar to the NJASK, scoring will be conducted by computer and by people. Trained individuals will be scoring these assessments guided by rubrics to evaluate student responses and written compositions.  

    When will we receive PARCC results?  

    Based on the information we have received from the state at this time, PARCC results from spring 2016 testing will be available in the summer of 2016. 

    Is a student who does not pass a PARCC End-of-Course Assessment (ex. Algebra, Geometry) required to retake the assessment?  

    No. A student is not required to retake an assessment or retake the course based on their PARCC scores. However, if based on other local measures a school requires a student to retake the course, the student can participate in the same EOC assessment in the following year. 

    What will my child’s testing schedule look like?  

    Testing schedules at each of the schools were created to ensure that students receive age appropriate testing settings and to minimize as much as possible disruption to the continuity of instruction. No students will be testing for more than five half days.

    Will my child who has an IEP receive accommodations? 

    Yes. Students with IEP’s, 504 plans, and who are English Language Learners can receive PARCC accommodations. In addition, all students are entitled to PARCC accessibility features such as a highlighting tool, line reader, etc. 

    Will my child who has a 504 Plan receive accommodations? 

    Yes. Students with 504 plans, IEP’s, and who are English Language Learners can receive PARCC accommodations. In addition, all students are entitled to PARCC accessibility features such as a highlighting tool, line reader tool, etc.  

    What can I do at home?  

    As a parent/guardian the most important thing you can do is to keep the PARCC assessments in perspective so as to not create too much pressure. Encourage sustained reading on a regular basis and if possible digitally (i.e. Kindle, Laptop, iPad, etc) 
    Will PARCC be a graduation requirement? 

    The NJ Department of Education has determined that for the classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in both ELA and Mathematics by meeting ONE of the criteria in each column below:

    English Language Arts 


    Passing score on a PARCC ELA Grade 9 or 

    Passing score on a PARCC Algebra I or 

    Passing score on a PARCC ELA Grade 10 or 

    Passing score on a PARCC Geometry or 

    Passing score on a PARCC ELA Grade 11 or 

    Passing score on a PARCC Algebra II or 

    SAT>=400 or 

    SAT>=400 or 

    ACT>=16 or 

    ACT>=16 or 

    Accuplacer Write Placer>=6 or 

    Accuplacer Elementary Algebra>=76 or 

    PSAT>=40 or 

    PSAT>=40 or 

    ACT Aspire>=422 or 

    ACT Aspire>=422 or 

    ASVAB-AFQT>+31 or 

    ASVAB-AFQT>+31 or 

    Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal 

    Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal 


    Will my child still have to take NJASK?  

    The PARCC has replaced the NJASK for Language Arts and Mathematics, however students in grades 4 and 8 will still take the NJASK Science test. The NJASK Science Grades 4 and 8 tests will be administered on May 25, 2016. 



    Please click on the links below for additional information on PARCC testing.


    Take the Test

    The Common Core Standards

    PARCC Student Surveys