March 2, 2017


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Beginning in late March, our students will participate in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests to measure their academic progress with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.


The PARCC assessment will be administered from March 29 - April 5. All students in grades 9, 10, 11, and some students in grade 12 will be tested in their respective English and Algebra 1, Geometry or Algebra 2 classes. The test will be administered over six half days. Students who are not being tested should report to their regular classes on a modified schedule.


Evaluating the results from PARCC testing can be a helpful tool in measuring your child’s success in school, and it is one of the many ways your child’s teachers and administrators can determine whether he or she is on track to being college and career ready.


The most important change for this year addresses who is required to take the PARCC assessment. The New Jersey Department of Education requires that students in the Class of 2020 (our current 9th graders) take all PARCC assessments associated with the courses in which they are enrolled.


If a passing score is not met on at least one of the eligible PARCC ELA and PARCC Math assessments, the students in the Class of 2020 must use an alternative assessment to meet their high school testing graduation requirement. Please note that an alternative assessment can only be used to meet the high school testing graduation requirement if the student has taken all eligible PARCC assessments.


For the classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019, it is the District's expectation that all students in a tested grade and subject will take the PARCC assessment. Students who do not achieve a passing score on the appropriate assessment must demonstrate graduation proficiency through an alternate assessment or the submission of a student portfolio through the Department of Education’s portfolio appeal process.


Our teachers will continue to review testing procedures in advance so students feel prepared and know what to expect on testing days. We ask that you ensure that your student is rested, eats breakfast, and arrives to school on time on all testing days. Please encourage your student to do his or her best work possible. Additionally, components of the PARCC ELA tests may include audio clips. Students are encouraged to bring their own ear-buds or headphones. A supplemental supply will be available in each class for testing sessions. Please note that all cell phones and electronic devices need to be turned off and secured during the test administration. Students are encouraged to leave their cell phones in their lockers or they will be collected in the assigned room before testing.


Students who are absent from testing for legitimate reasons, will be allowed to make-up the relevant portion of the assessment on April 6, 7 or 18. Requests for absences must be made in writing to the building principal by Tuesday, March 14. Please contact the guidance office if you have any questions or concerns.

Please see our district website for additional information and updates. The links below may also be helpful.



Sincerely,

Louis B. Moore


Louis B. Moore, Superintendent of Schools

 



Bell Schedule March 29th - April 5th
Block Time
1 7:35AM - 8:31AM
2 8:35AM - 9:31AM
3 9:35AM - 10:31AM
4 10:35AM - 11:35AM

Make-Up Testing Dates: April 6, 7, and 18th during the regularly scheduled school day

District Assessment Schedule - PARCC Administration
The PARCC assessment will be administered during a testing window from March 29 - April 5. All students in grades 9, 10 and 11 will be tested in their respective English and Algebra 1, Geometry or Algebra 2 classes. RBR plans to administer the test over six half days. The general schedule will be as follows:
March 29: 7:35-11:35 All juniors, sophomores with last names A-L report for testing
7:35-11:35 All seniors, freshmen and sophomores M-Z report to classes on a half-day schedule

March 30: 7:35-11:35 All juniors, sophomores with last names A-L report for testing
7:35-11:35 All seniors, freshmen and sophomores M-Z report to classes on a half-day schedule

March 31: 7:35-11:35 All juniors, sophomores with last names A-L report for testing
7:35-11:35 All seniors, freshmen and sophomores M-Z report to classes on a half-day schedule

April 3: 7:35-11:35 All freshmen, sophomores with last names M-Z report for testing
7:35-11:35 All seniors, juniors and sophomores A-L report to classes on a half-day schedule

April 4: 7:35-11:35 All freshmen, sophomores with last names M-Z report for testing
7:35-11:35 All seniors, juniors and sophomores A-L report to classes on a half-day schedule

April 5: 7:35-11:35 All freshmen, sophomores with last names M-Z report for testing
7:35-11:35 All seniors, juniors and sophomores A-L report to classes on a half-day schedule


*The length of the testing day for students with extended time may exceed published times. Late bussing will be available for these students.


Additional links

NJ DOE High School Graduation Assessment Requirements:
http://www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/
http://www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/parents/GradReq.pdf
PARCC Resources for students and families: http://www.parcconline.org/resources/parent-resources

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