Thomas E. Harrington Middle School

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514 Mount Laurel Rd, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054  |  P: 856-234-1610  |  F: 856-222-9754

PARCC Testing

About The Test Itself & Administration

 
The testing window for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test opens across the state of New Jersey on April 4 and closes on May 13. During that period, all Mount Laurel students in Grades 3-8 will take the mandatory assessment. This assessment is administered on a computer. While the testing window is open for six weeks, students will test approximately eight hours during that time.
 
This is the second year of mandated PARCC testing in the state of New Jersey. Previously, our students took the NJASK Test for all subject areas. The NJ ASK will now be used only for Science and only in Grades 4 and 8. That test will be administered on May 25, with make-ups on June 1.

Our students have been familiarized with the use of the computer and the necessary functions required while testing. Each student will have to use headphones, which we are asking that they bring from home for health reasons. Any set of ear buds (must be double, not single) or headphones will suffice. They should be brought in a plastic bag and labeled with their name to leave in school for the testing period.

The following resources are provided to help parents better understand the PARCC assessment and its impact upon students.
 
 
From The New Jersey Department of Education:

Understanding Your Child's PARCC Scores

 
 Parent reports of student scores are compiled by the New Jersey Department of Education. The results of the 2014-15 Spring test period were received in our district offices in mid-December and were sent out to homes immediately upon sorting, stuffing and processing them for mailing. This year, there is only one PARCC Testing period, but we have not yet been advised when parents should expect score reports
Since this is a new test, it is important for you to understand the resulting scores and what they mean to your child's academic success. We have compiled some of the resources provided by the state that we believe may be most helpful in that regard.
 
Should you have questions that remain unanswered, please speak with your child's teacher. Remember that this is a single assessment of your child's skills. Together with a student's grades, teacher feedback and scores on other tests, the PARCC test score report will help give a more complete picture of how well your child is performing academically.
 
 
 
 
Here's another website that offers an explanation of the test results, as well as a video presentation by teachers that walks you through a sample report:
This page offers a number of videos explaining various aspects of the PARCC Test and its results.