CLARK, NJ – PARCC testing was cancelled today according to Bonnie Mingin, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services and Guidance for the Clark Public Schools.    “We are not testing today because the Pearson website is down statewide," Mingin said.   

Mingin verified that the only testing scheduled in the district today was the third unit of geometry at Arthur L. Johnson High School.  “We plan to push back the testing until tomorrow,” she said.

Pearson is the company that provides PARCC standardized testing across New Jersey.   According to an email bulletin sent from Pearson,  “PearsonAccessnext is currently unavailable for many users. Pearson is working quickly to identify and resolve the issue and will provide updates on a regular basis until the system is available.  Pearson teams have all hands on deck to ensure performance is restored to normal operating mode.”

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 In an email obtained by TAP into Clark, state officials confirm they are working with Pearson on the technical issues.   The email issued by Peter Shulman, Deputy Commissioner of the NJ Department of Education, said,  “Pearson believes it has identified the root cause and will be working on the problem between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET today. During this time, PAN will be unavailable and please do not login. Pearson and NJDOE will work this evening to ensure the system is in optimum state prior to testing beginning tomorrow morning.”    

TAP into Clark will provide updates as they become available.