BELMAR, NJ — In a student-to-student comparison of results, Belmar Elementary School continued to show improved scores in Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized testing.

In English/language arts, the school registered an overall 6 percent gain of students in grades three through eight who met or exceeded expectations from 2017 to 2018. In mathematics, the percentage increase was 0.6 percent for third- to seventh-graders for the same year-to-year comparison — down from a 2 percent increase in scores from 2016 to 2017.

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Now in its fourth year and administered in the spring, PARCC data is used to identify strengths and gaps in curriculum and instruction, according to school officials.

During his recent PARCC presentation to the Belmar Board of Education, Superintendent David Hallman explained that the focus will remain on small group instruction — first in English/language arts and now in math —as a way to maximize individualized instruction.

“It took time in English/language arts and now with math,” he said, adding there will be no “teaching to the middle of the group.”

Teachers will be taking a “deep dive” to analyze the data and to evaluate their master schedule to explore increasing math instructional time.

Complete data on PARCC can be found on the state Department of Education website by clicking here, where it notes that assessment results starting in 2015 are not comparable to results from 1996-2014.

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