UNION, NJ – PARCC testing was cancelled today according to Gregory Tatum, Superintendent of Schools. A recorded message was sent to district parents, which said, “Due to a state outage at PearsonAccess, all PARCC testing for today, April 20, has been suspended. Once PearsonAccess resolves the technical issues, the district will resume PARCC testing as scheduled.”
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.”
In an email from PARCC Administrative Bulletin, state 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 4PM 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.”
TAP into Union will provide updates as they become available.