PARCC and NJSLA-S

Welcome to the TCCS PARCC and NJSLA-S 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) and New Jersey Student Learning Assessment for Science (NJSLA-S) 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 October 9, 2017 Board Meeting.  Please click here to view that presentation.


What do we do with the test results?
We received the results from the 2016-2017 school year in June of 2017.  The PARCC score reports are very detailed and give parents and our teachers valuable insight into students' areas of need.  Our teachers have received training on interpreting the results to help to inform instruction at the school, which 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.


When will the PARCC take place at TCCS? 
To minimize the disruption to the school, we will be conducting our PARCC testing (for grades 3-8) over the course of a two week period, beginning on May 7.  The scheduled test dates and allotted testing times are as follows:



ELA Day 1

ELA Day 2

ELA Day 3

Math Day 1

Math Day 2

Grade 3

Mon, 5/7

75 min

Tue, 5/8

75 min

Wed, 5/9

75 min

Thu, 5/10

120 min

Fri, 5/11

120 min

Grade 4

Mon, 5/7

90 min

Tue, 5/8

90 min

Wed, 5/9

90 min

Thu, 5/10

120 min

Fri, 5/11

120 min

Grade 5

Mon, 5/7

90 min

Tue, 5/8

90 min

Wed, 5/9

90 min

Thu, 5/10

120 min

Fri, 5/11

120 min

Grade 6

Mon, 5/7

90 min

Tue, 5/8

90 min

Wed, 5/9

90 min

Thu, 5/10

160 min

Mon, 5/11

80 min

Grade 7

Mon, 5/14

90 min

Tue, 5/15

90 min

Wed, 5/16

90 min

Thu, 5/17

(Gr 7 160 min)

(Algebra 180 min)

Fri, 5/18

(Gr 7 80 min)

(Algebra 90 min)

Grade 8

Mon, 5/14

90 min

Tue, 5/15

90 min

Wed, 5/16

90 min

Thu, 5/17

(Gr 8 160 min)

(Algebra 180 min)

Fri, 5/18

(Gr 8 80 min)

(Algebra 90 min)

*Make-up testing will take place May 21-25.



What is the NJSLA-S? 
The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment for Science (NJSLA-S) measures student proficiency with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science. The science standards require assessment tasks that examine students’ performance of scientific and engineering practices in the context of crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas. The three-dimensional nature of the standards requires more complex assessment items and tasks. The NJSLA are only one component of a system of assessments that provide evidence about student learning. The data collected from the NJSLA-S, students’ interactions with teachers on a daily basis, and their subsequent performance on teacher and district developed assessments combine to provide a clear and well-rounded picture of students’ achievement.


Who takes the NJSLA-S? 
The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment for Science (NJSLA-S) Field Test will be taken by TCCS students in grades 5 and 8.


How can and should students prepare to take the NJSLA-S?
Most importantly, students should be familiar with the format of the test, which is computer-based.  This can be accomplished by utilizing free practice tests that are available online at http://measinc-nj-science.com/


When will the NJSLA-S take place at TCCS? 
We will be conducting our NJSLA-S testing (for grades 5&8) over the course of a two day period, beginning on May 29.  The scheduled test dates and allotted testing times are as follows:



Science Day 1

Science Day 2

Grade 5

Tue, 5/29

60 min

Wed, 5/30

60 min

Grade 8

Tue, 5/29

90 min

Wed, 5/30

90 min

*Make-up testing will take place between June 1-8.



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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