WESTFIELD, NJ – At Tuesday’s Westfield Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Paul Pineiro shared a presentation reviewing New Jersey’s first PARCC test results.

The PARCC test, which was distributed for the first time in the spring of 2015 to students in grades 3-11, sparked criticism from parents for its difficulty and overall purpose.

The results shared on Tuesday were solely based on a statewide level. It was given in ten total states across the country.

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New Jersey’s PARCC outcomes in English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics are available in the photo section of this article.

The PARCC tests were designed to measure performance against a new set of standards and fewer students are likely to meet them initially. PARCC also aims to provide parents with an “academic check up” about their child’s progress and provide local schools with information to improve classroom instruction.

The assessment scoring is categorized in five levels:

  • Level 1: Not Yet Meeting Expectations
  • Level 2: Partially Meeting Expectations
  • Level 3: Approaching Expectations
  • Level 4: Meeting Expectations
  • Level 5: Exceeding Expectations

The New Jersey Department of Education expects the PARCC scores for districts to be released in late November and parents can anticipate receiving students’ scores in December. 

The testing window for grades 3-8 in the 2015-16 school year is April 4 – May 13. The high school testing will take place April 11 – May 20.