WARREN, NJ - Warren Township Schools Curriculum Coordinators William Kimmick and Stacy Hann-Modugno gave a presentation on the new standardized PARCC testing at the Board if Education meeting this week.
PARCC, or Partnership for Assessment for Readiness of College and Careers, aligns itself with national Common Core State Standards.
PARCC will be field tested this year with full implementation in grades 3-12 scheduled for next year.
Kimmick said, "The Common Core is set up in a continuum from K-12, so the idea with the PARCC is you are able to measure students along that continuum. If for some reason, along the way, between grades K-12, students start to show indication that they are not ready for college or career then our job would be to make adjustments and get them ready.
“It’s a very lofty goal that they established that is saying every student that leaves school should be able to go into college without taking remedial courses."
The 17 states and District implementing PARCC include: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.
The test has two components and will be administered twice throughout the year. The PBA(Performance Based Assessment) will be administered after 70 percent of the school year is completed and the End of Year (EOY) test will be administered with 90 percent of the school year completed.
The test is taken by students online.
Kimmick said, "PARCC puts this new level that we have to prepare students for in terms of the technical side."
But he's not worried.
“For children, their first instinct is to not grab a piece of paper. Their first instinct is to grab an iPad and go to World Wide Web,” said Kimmick.
Superintendent Dr. Tami Crader said, "I think that these test items are demanding and rigorous and excellent,” We’re raising the bar now.”
PARCC is expected to yield quicker test results since it is done online.
Students who need accommodations may now be able to be tested with the general population.
Other benefits include some test taking strategies like the ability to cross out answers. Background colors and type colors can be changed on the test, which has been shown to help certain students with dyslexia and may help students refocus after they grow weary staring at a screen.
For more information on PARCC, go to http://www.parcconline.org.