|1695 Hylton Road||(856) 662-8505|
|Pennsauken NJ 08110||FAX (856) 662-4080|
|Ronnie Tarchichi MEd2, M.S, M.B.S., Ed.D.||Nicholas Perry|
Dear Pennsauken Families:
In the spring of 2017, New Jersey will administer the third-year of the PARCC test in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for grades 3-11. The test was first administered in 2015 and replaced the NJ ASK and HSPA tests. It matches the content and skills outlined in the New Jersey Learning Standards that guide instruction in the classroom and provide valuable information about student learning.
Recently, the State Board of Education approved updated state regulations for the high school graduation assessment requirements in both English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for the Classes of 2017 through 2021 and beyond. Students graduating as members of the Class of 2017 through 2019 can meet graduation requirements through a variety of ways, including: achieving a passing score on certain PARCC assessments; achieving certain scores on alternative assessments such as SAT, PSAT, Accuplacer; or the submission by the district of a student portfolio through the Department’s portfolio appeals process. The Class of 2020 (this year’s 9th graders) can demonstrate graduation assessment proficiency through the same alternative means as those in the Class of 2017 through 2019, provided those students in the Class of 2020 take all end-of-course PARCC assessments for which they are eligible. For the Class of 2021 (this year’s 8th graders) and thereafter, students must demonstrate proficiency on the ELA 10 and Algebra 1 assessments to meet graduation requirements.
PARCC testing provides us with data to facilitate our ability to track how well our programs are preparing kids to meet the demands of the Common Cores Standards. The district, like the state, does not maintain any opt-out policies for this required testing. Through PARCC testing our students will grow in the necessary standardized testing skills needed for their academic careers. The majority of careers require standardized testing for their entrance into the field. Pennsauken Public Schools wants to equip students with the necessary tools to achieve their dreams. Let's work together to assist our students to grow as scholars and realize their ambitions in life.