MILLBURN, NJ - During the months of April and May, Millburn will administer the second-year of the PARCC test in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Specific details about the schedule for each grade level and school can be found on our district’s PARCC website.This year the PARCC tests will be administered during only one testing window. The test was first administrated in 2015 and replaced the NJ ASK and HSPA tests. It matches the content and skills outlined in the standards that guide instruction in the classroom. We are committed to providing accurate information to parents and families in your community, as well as clarifying any misperceptions about the value of student participation in statewide assessments.
The PARCC test provides a deeper level of information about student progress than previous tests, which makes it a valuable tool to measure student performance. PARCC identifies the areas in each subject where a student needs additional support and where he or she has mastered the content and can be challenged to go deeper into the subject matter⎯information that is useful for parents, teachers, students, and school administrators.
As a parent, you can use the information you learn about your child’s performance to support your child at home and guide a discussion with your child’s teacher to identify what, if any, additional support is necessary in school. Teachers use the information to guide their instruction and provide more personalized activities and learning opportunities for students. We can use scores and information from released testing items to help students identify and work on the areas where improvement is needed to ensure they are staying on track to be successful in the next grade. In areas where students excel, teachers can provide appropriately challenging work to ensure students continue to be engaged in school and advance their knowledge. Moving forward PARCC results may be consulted as one of many data sources used to indicate the need for remediation or a student’s readiness for accelerated coursework at Millburn Middle School and Millburn High School, as NJASK scores had been in some cases.
No single test can give a complete picture of achievement, but when it is combined with student grades and teacher reports, it can provide important information about student progress. With this year’s scores, you will be able to compare your child’s performance this year to last year’s and track your child’s progress over time.
Both the New Jersey Department of Education and the Millburn Township Public Schools are working to reduce the number of assessments students take at the state and district level to ensure that the test provides meaningful information for teachers, students and parents.
When a student does not participate in the annual state test, we all lose out on valuable information. We are committed to student achievement, and the PARCC test raises the bar for our students to ensure they are on the path to success. We are confident that with the quality instruction delivered by our dedicated educators, and your support, our students can meet and exceed these expectations. I encourage you to review information about the PARCC assessment on our district PARCC Website as well as reach out to your child’s teacher or school administrator with any questions you may have about the PARCC test or your child’s progress.
Michael G. Ryan, Ph.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Professional Development, Assessment and Reporting