This school year, students in Grades 3 through 11 will take the new computer-based PARCC state assessment. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states, including New Jersey, that have collaborated to develop student assessments aligned with the new Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. This assessment will replace the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) for grades 3-8 and High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA). For this school year, the NJASK Science assessment will still be administered to grades 4 and 8.

The PARCC assessment is designed to measure whether students are on track for college or careers by demonstrating critical-thinking and problem-solving life skills. Students are asked to answer various types of questions, show their work, and explain their reasoning. A unique aspect of the PARCC assessment is that students will be taking the test online enabling them to use technology related skills being taught and used in the classrooms.

The PARCC assessment is composed of two testing periods. The Performance Based Assessment (PBA) will be administered Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 27th and the End of Year (EOY) administered Monday, April 27th through Friday, May 22nd according to the following schedule:

**PBA Assessment Schedule:**

March 2 – 6: March 9 – 13: March 16 – 20: March 23 – 27

Haddonfield Memorial High School

Haddonfield Middle School and Elizabeth Haddon Elementary School Central Elementary School and J.F. Tatem Elementary School Make-up Testing

**EOY Assessment Schedule:**

April 27 – May 1: May 4 – 8:

May 11 – 15: May 18 – 22:

Central Elementary School and J.F. Tatem Elementary School Haddonfield Middle School and Elizabeth Haddon Elementary School Haddonfield Memorial High School

Make-up Testing

**NJASK Science Assessment (paper based)**: Grades 4 & 8 May 27th: Regular Testing

May 28th Make-up Testing

New Jersey Department of Education: Graduation Requirements for the classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018

For the classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in both English Language Arts (ELA) and math by meeting ONE of the criteria in each column below:

English Language Arts |
Mathematics |

Passing score on a PARCC ELA Grade 9 or |
Passing score on PARCC Algebra I or |

Passing score on a PARCC ELA Grade 10 or |
Passing score on PARCC Geometry or |

Passing score on a PARCC ELA Grade 11 or |
Passing score on 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 |

High School and Middle School PARCC Mathematics Assessment Options:

- Students enrolled in Algebra I, Algebra II, or Geometry courses will take the end-of-course PARCC specific test (i.e. Algebra I or Geometry). Students enrolled in general math courses will take the grade level specific PARCC mathematics test.
- Two-Year Mathematics Courses: Students enrolled in a two-year Algebra I course or a two-year Geometry course will take their grade level PARCC mathematics test in the first year of the course (i.e. grade seven or grade eight mathematics) AND then the PARCC end-of-course assessment associated with that course in the second year of the course (i.e. Algebra I or Geometry).

New Jersey Department of Education mandates that all students take part in this assessment. It is very important for students to promptly arrive on time during the school’s test week. Additional information about PARCC can be obtained by clicking on the links below.