The North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District will administer the PARCC assessment to all students enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, English 9, English 10, or English 11. Public school districts are mandated by state law (N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-1) to administer this statewide assessment. All students enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, English 9, English 10, or English 11 are required to be enrolled in the PARCC assessment, and it is the expectation of the New Jersey Department of Education and the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District that all students complete all PARCC assessments that they are assigned.
The PARCC assessment is a means of demonstrating graduation proficiency for all students. The NJ High School Graduation Requirements describe the methods by with students can demonstrate proficiency in Math and English in order to be eligible to graduate. This document also highlights the fact that students in the Class of 2020 are required to take and have valid scores for all PARCC assessments for which they are assigned in order to be eligible to demonstrate proficiency through ways other than the PARCC assessment. The document also shows that students in the Class of 2021 must take and pass the ELA 10 and the Algebra I PARCC tests as their graduation requirements. If students in the Class of 2021 do not demonstrate proficiency on the ELA 10 or Algebra I PARCC test, they will only be able to complete a portfolio appeal if they have taken all high school PARCC assessments for which they were assigned.
The PARCC assessments measure student progress toward the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which New Jersey adopted in 2010, in mathematics and language arts. State standards are goals for what we want our children to know and the skills they should acquire at each grade level. Although these math and language arts standards were adjusted in 2016, the New Jersey Student Learning Standards are very similar to the Common Core State Standards that were originally adopted.
Testing Dates and Schedule:
The PARCC assessment will be administered in our district on April 18, 19, and 20 (Mathematics units) and April 23, 24, and 25 (English Language Arts units). The assessments measure student achievement in the areas of Mathematics and Language Arts Literacy. Students enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, English 9, English 10, or English 11 will participate in the PARCC assessment on the days listed above. This includes any senior student who is currently enrolled in any of these courses. Please note that students must take all units of each PARCC assessment in order to receive a reported score.
All students taking the test need to come to school at the regular time. We will be following the below two-and-a-half-hour delayed-opening bell schedule once testing for that day has ended:
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Seniors and students not taking the test may report to school at 10:00 a.m. and report to the cafeteria. Please note that there will NOT be a second bus run on PARCC testing days.
Supervision of students not testing who need to arrive at the regular 7:45 a.m. time will be available in the cafeteria. A regular Polytech bus schedule will be run for those students not taking the test, so they can report to Voorhees at the normal time for the bus to Polytech. PM Polytech students will attend the first two periods, and then they will have an opportunity to purchase lunch before getting on the bus.
To help students prepare for these assessments, PARCC has released practice tests that students can access at http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/. Students have also received instruction in their Mathematics and English classes to prepare them for these computer-based assessments.
To be prepared for this assessment, students should get a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast each morning prior to testing. Encourage your child to do his or her best.
On assessment days, the following is required of all students taking the test:
- Students must bring their fully-charged Chromebook and charger to school.
- Students must bring earbuds or headphones for the audio portions of the tests (this is only for the English Language Arts units).
- Every student must present his or her Voorhees ID card or driver’s license each day of testing to verify identity.
- Students should have nothing with them other than their fully-charged Chromebook, Chromebook charger, earbuds, two No. 2 pencils, a calculator (for Math sections), and their student ID or driver’s license.
- New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) directives prohibit backpacks, handbags, cell phones, any other electronic devices, food, and water bottles from being in the testing areas. Please remind your child to leave these items in his or her locker during testing.
- Students are permitted to bring a book to read after they have completed their assessment.
- Attendance will be taken in each testing room daily, so students must report directly to their designated classroom each morning at 7:45 a.m.
- Students who miss any section due to illness will be advised about the make-up testing date and location for the test that was missed.
- Students will be advised of their testing location by email prior to testing.
The testing schedule that has been created allows our students to test in classrooms rather than in large groups, which ensures optimal academic conditions for all students who are taking these assessments, while still being able to maintain a normal academic schedule for the remainder of the day.
Again, please be reminded that all students must present a valid form of ID and that NJDOE directives prohibit backpacks, handbags, cell phones, any other electronic devices, food, and water bottles from being in the testing areas.
You can learn more about PARCC on the New Jersey Department of Education’s PARCC website.
Anyone with questions can contact Chris Maslonka, Assistant Principal, at 908-713-4164 or by email at email@example.com. On behalf of the faculty and staff, thank you for your continued support.
Voorhees High School