WARREN, NJ -  PARCC testing began today in the Warren Township schools with students in grades three and six. The computer-based exam is the state’s new testing program and will measure student progress toward goals in language arts and mathematics. PARCC is an acronym for Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Grades four, five and seven will begin testing on Monday, March 9 and grade eight on March 16. The week of March 23 is reserved for make-up testing. 
 
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At Watchung Hills, a test schedule has been designed that will minimize disruptions to the regular school day. The PARCC tests must be administered to all ninth-, tenth-, and eleventh-graders. Like most schools, Watchung Hills does not have the technology resources to administer online tests to 2200 students at once, but will be able to avoid delayed openings for non -tested students. Language arts students will be tested by grade level and mathematics students by course. With a few exceptions, the schedule does not require students to take more than one test per day and rotates the class periods the students will miss. The morning tests will not begin until 8:30 am, so students should be in school for their first class at 7:30 a.m. every morning. A similar schedule is anticipated in April and May. Administrators, guidance counselors and child study team members will be assisting in proctoring the exams so that teachers are able to carry on instruction with the students who are not in the exam session. 
 
Principal George Alexis' letter to parents said in part, "Though this is a new experience for all of us, we are confident that we will gain valuable assessment feedback regarding student learning and the alignment of our instructional program with the Common Core State Standards. Please also remember these are state-required tests, and there is no opt-out policy.Students who are absent will be scheduled for a make-up test,and we will follow our attendance and discipline policies during the testing periods. With everyone’s cooperation, we will keep make-up tests to a minimum. "

 
 
 
You can read more about PARCC and the exams at http://www.parcconline.org/about- parcc
 
For more information about the school district’s responsibility regarding PARCC, visit http://www.njsba.org/news/pdfs/parcc-faq.pdf?w=749