PARCC

Welcome to the TCCS PARCC Resources Page.  Please visit often to keep up-to-date with any developments related to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) at TCCS.
 

What is PARCC? 
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs. The PARCC assessments were first administered during the 2014-15 school year.


How did TCCS students perform on last year's PARCC assessment?
A review of school's performance was presented at the January 25th Board Meeting.  Please click here to view that presentation.


What do we do with the test results?
While last year's results were not available until the end of December, we have been told that this year's results will come much sooner.  The PARCC score reports are very detailed and give parents and our teachers valuable insight into students' areas of need.  This helps to inform instruction at the school and allows us to target specific skills that students may need to work on.  For more information on PARCC score reports (including examples), please visit http://www.understandthescore.org


How can and should students prepare to take the PARCC?
Most importantly, students should be familiar with the format of the test, which is the same as last year's test.  This can be accomplished by utilizing free tutorialssample items, and practice tests that are available online (click the links to access).  Many students have already taken the test before and have also been practicing with these tools in school to become familiar with the online test, we strongly urge parents to do the same with them at home.  Also, as the test is entirely computer-based, it will be very important for students to be comfortable typing responses for several portions of the assessment.  Please click here for a list of free online typing resources to review with your student.


What's different about this year's PARCC? 
Based on feedback from last year's testing, there have been a number of changes made to this year's PARCC test administration.  Most notably, there are shorter and fewer tests (one test window instead of two) and the school should receive the results much sooner than last year.  


When will the PARCC take place at TCCS? 
To minimize the disruption to the school, we will be conducting all of our PARCC testing (for grades 3-8) during the week of May 2.  The scheduled test dates and allotted testing times are as follows:

ELA Day 1ELA Day 2ELA Day 3Math Day 1Math Day 2
Grade 3Mon, 5/2
90 min
Tue, 5/3
75 min
Wed, 5/4
90 min
Thu, 5/5
120 min
Fri, 5/6
120 min
Grade 4Mon, 5/2
90 min
Tue, 5/3
90 min
Wed, 5/4
90 min
Thu, 5/5
120 min
Fri, 5/6
120 min
Grade 5Mon, 5/2
90 min
Tue, 5/3
90 min
Wed, 5/4
90 min
Fri, 5/6
120 min
Mon, 5/9
120 min
Grade 6Mon, 5/2
110 min
Tue, 5/3
110 min
Wed, 5/4
90 min
Thu, 5/5
160 min
Mon, 5/9
80 min
Grade 7Mon, 5/2
110 min
Tue, 5/3
110 min
Wed, 5/4
90 min
Thu, 5/5
160 min
Fri, 5/6
80 min
Grade 8Mon, 5/2
110 min
Tue, 5/3
110 min
Wed, 5/4
90 min
Thu, 5/5
160 min
Fri, 5/6
80 min
 
*Make-up testing will take place May 9-13.

If you have any additional questions after reviewing the provided information, please feel free to contact Mr. Gallo at rgallo@tccsnj.org.
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Ralph Gallo,
Jan 21, 2015, 10:43 AM
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Ralph Gallo,
Jan 21, 2015, 11:07 AM
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