SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – PARCC testing was cancelled today in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood school district because the Pearson testing website is down statewide.

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, state education 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 and 4 PM 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.”   

"Today Pearson experienced technical difficulties, which impeded student access to the tests. In Scotch Plains-Fanwood, district testing was canceled today," said Dr. Margaret Hayes, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Superintendent of Schools.

"Pearson and the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) are working to correct the problem.  Our district will revise its testing schedule as needed, once the problem is resolved and per further direction from the NJDOE."