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PARCC Testing Delay Results in Montville High School Losing Extra Instructional Time

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Credits: Melissa Benno
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MONTVILLE, NJ - Monday morning, April 20, marked the second phase of PARCC testing in the Montville Township School District, with the high school students in grades 9, 10, and 11 being administered a two-part English “End of Year” (EOY) assessment.

Two hours were allotted for the assessment, which began at approximately 7:30 a.m. However, students sat in classrooms past 10:00 a.m., waiting to be released to their first period class.

“We were done at about 8:45, but we sat in the classroom until 10:07,” stated sophomore David Champion. 

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Those students whose parents opted them out of the test were told to report to the high school at 9:20 a.m.

“The scheduled times for any standardized testing are always approximate in order to provide an optimum testing environment for all students and accommodate any unanticipated logistical or student needs,” according to a District statement.

“This morning was the first time the District has administered the spring high school PARCC tests. Additionally, the schedule for testing was changed slightly from the previous PARCC schedule. For spring, two days of testing for four units was allocated instead of four days of testing. Given the new procedure, there were a couple of minor logistical delays. It is procedure, during any type of standardized testing, to dismiss all testing students back to the regular class schedule at one time in order to avoid disruptions to the schedule and other students in the building. Testing students were asked to read until the entire testing population had completed the test. In the future, the testing schedule may be altered slightly to accommodate a slightly longer break between testing units. More will be learned about possible scheduling alterations and logistics once tomorrow’s testing takes place,” according to the statement.

Students opting out of the test on Tuesday, April 21 are to report to the high school no later than 10:00 a.m., as the math portion is expected to be administered from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

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