SUMMIT,NJ - The third day of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing at the elementary and middle school levels in the Summit Public Schools was postponed today due to a technological glitch with the Pearson website. The issue affected schools statewide, not solely in the Hilltop City.
Pearson is the British-based company, with its New Jersey headquarters in Hoboken, that provides standardized testing throughout New Jersey. It is anticipated that the state of New Jersey will pay Pearson upwards of $108 million over a four-year period to produce the exams.
In an e-mail obtained by TAP into Clark, state officials confirm they are working with Pearson on the technical issues. The e-mail issued by Peter Shulman, Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, said, “Pearson believes it has identified the root cause and will be working on the problem between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. EDT 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.”
Pearson 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.”
According to a Summit Public Schools spokesperson, the District district did not test in grades 3-8, but did test at the High School level.