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PARCC Testing Begins Next Week in South Orange Maplewood Schools; Results from Last Year

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - PARCC testing begins next week at South Orange Maplewood School District Schools (SOMSD) and continues through May.

Here is the full schedule, from the SOMSD website:
 
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL
All grades: April 19 to April 22 and April 26 to April 29. Start times vary by grade, full details here.
 
SOUTH ORANGE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND MAPLEWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL
8th Grade: April 4 to April 7
7th Grade: April 19 to April 22
6th Grade: April 26 to April 29
 
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
 
CLINTON
5th Grade: April 4 to April 8
4th Grade: April 19 to April 25
3rd Grade: April 25 to April 29
 
JEFFERSON
5th Grade: April 19 to April 25
4th Grade: April 26 to April 29 and May 2
3rd Grade: April 26 to April 29 and May 2 to May 4
 
SETH BOYDEN
5th Grade: April 4 to April 8
4th Grade: April 18 to April 22
3rd Grade: April 25 to April 29
 
SOUTH MOUNTAIN
5th Grade: April 4 to April 8
4th Grade: April 19 to April 22 and May 25
3rd Grade: April 26 to April 29 and May 2
 
TUSCAN
5th Grade: April 4 to April 8
4th Grade: April 18 to April 22
3rd Grade: April 25 to April 29
 
Additional schedule details are available on the SOMSD website here.
 

PARCC (an acronym for The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) is being used in the SOMSD for the second year in a row. 

A report from the SOMSD has results from the PARCC testing administered in the 2014-2015 school year, which includes the following information:

  •  767 students throughout the district did not participate, which is approximately 22% of all students in grades 3 to 11.
  • The largest percentage of students opting-out of the PARCC were at Columbia High School, where 512 students did not participate in PARCC testing.
  • At the middle schools, about 11% of students did not participate.
  • At the five elementary schools, participation rates were 95% or higher.
  • In Language Arts, overall, 60% of students met or exceeded grade level expectations. 
  • In Math, overall, 49% of students met or exceeded grade level expectations. 
  • Due to the large number of students who did not take the PARCC exam, results are not representative of the entire student body.

SOMSD Superintendent John J. Ramos, Sr., Ed.D. has sent a letter to the school community with additional updates about the PARCC that can be found here.

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