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PARCC Testing Starts Monday in High Schools in Edison as Hundreds Opt Out

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EDISON, NJ – PARCC testing began earlier this month in grades 3 through 8 and is set to begin Monday, March 23 for Edison and J.P. Stevens High Schools.

“The Edison Township Education Association is pleased that parents can make the best decision for their children with no disciplinary action.” said Jeffrey Bowden, Edison Township Education Association President.

On Monday, March 9, 175 parents had exercised the option to have their children not take the PARCC test. At one point there were over 5,000 students taking the PARCC test online according to school officials.

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Now with high schools to begin testing on Monday, the number has risen to 570 students across the Edison School District whose parents have opted out their children from taking the PARCC tests.

Opt Outs by School

  • J.P. Stevens High School 257
  • Edison High School 176
  • Woodrow Wilson Middle School 7
  • Thomas Jefferson Middle School 56
  • Herbert Hoover Middle School 57
  • James Adams Middle School 17

The Edison Board of Education reaffirmed its established discipline and attendance policies but will not impose any disciplinary consequences on students whose parents refuse the test on behalf of their children during a board meeting in February.

Scheduled PARCC testing for 9th through 11th grades:

March 23 – Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 – Only students enrolled in Math 1 and 2

March 24 – English Language Arts – All students in grades 9 through 11

March 25 – English Literature - All students in grades 9 through 11

For students in Grades 9 through 11 testing will be administered similar to HSPA, over three days, March 23, 24 and 25. There are three sections of ELA and two sections of Mathematics. Students will take no more than two sections each testing day. Section testing time ranges from 60 to 90 minutes.

The board also reaffirmed that PARCC scores will not be a factor in student placement in the Edison Public Schools in 2015-2016 school year, and all school board policies regarding student high school graduation for 2016, 2017 and 2018 be revised immediately to specifically authorize the use of Substitute Competency Test results as an exemption from the PARCC assessment such as the SAT or ACT in order to graduate.

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