The State of New Jersey has ended its membership of the interstate consortium that produced the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. While the online platform will remain the same, the state’s mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) assessments will no longer be called Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC).
The statewide assessments for ELA and mathematics will be called:
- New Jersey Student Learning Assessments-ELA (NJSLA-ELA)
- New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-Mathematics (NJSLA-M)
Reduction in the Length and Time of the Tests
Starting with the Spring 2019 statewide assessment, the item counts (i.e., test questions) will be reduced, resulting in fewer units for ELA. The number of units for ELA will be reduced from three to two, resulting in a reduction of 75 minutes for grade three and 90 minutes for grades four through high school (ELA 10). New testing units and times for ELA 9 and ELA 11 will be provided as soon as possible.
For mathematics, the item counts are being reduced, resulting in fewer units, or testing blocks. In grades three to five; the number of units will be reduced from four to three, resulting in a reduction of 60 minutes of testing time. For grades six to eight, the number of units remains at three, but the time allotted for each 80-minute unit will be reduced by 20 minutes per unit for a total reduction of 60 minutes in testing time. Within each unit, the item counts have also been reduced. Similarly, the Algebra I end-of-course tests will be reduced from three units to two units of 90 minutes each, for a total reduction of 90 minutes of testing time.
Every spring, your child takes PARCC assessments in English language arts and math to measure how well he or she is progressing against the expectations of the grade level. These tests are just one of several measures including report card grades, classroom performance, and teacher feedback, that when combined give you a more complete picture of your child’s academic progress. As a parent, you play a critical role in your child’s academic success. Results from the state test provide you with valuable information about your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses that can be used to help you better support your child at home.
The PARCC score report contains a lot of information and may even look different from past reports. Visit UnderstandTheScore.org to see a parent guide and find answers to parents’ Frequently Asked Questions about what the information on the report means for your child.
Take a look at a practice test. This will help you see how the test matches everyday classroom work. It also shares the types of reading, math and writing questions your child answered on the test. To see a practice test, visit PARCCOnline.org Practice Tests.