2017 PARCC Information for Parents
2017 PARCC Information for Parents
PARCC

Dear Parent or Guardian,

This spring, New Jersey will administer the third-year of the PARCC test in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. In accordance with state law, all high school students in tested subjects (mostly Grades 9-11) are required to participate in this assessment.  The test was first administered in 2015 and replaced the HSPA test, which was required for graduation.

PARCC High School Dates:

  • ELA: March 28-30,   7:18-9:40  

  • Mathematics: April 3-5, 7:18-9:25.

The Class of 2020 (this year’s 9th graders) can demonstrate graduation assessment proficiency through the same alternative means as those in the Classes of 2016 through 2019, provided all students in the Class of 2020 take all end-of-course PARCC assessments for which they are eligible.  These students must participate in every PARCC assessment each year and also have a valid score. This means that a student must not only “take” the PARCC,  but must also do his/her best in order to graduate. Your child’s participation in this year’s and every PARCC administration is critical.


Link to : New Jersey High School Graduation Requirements

 

Who Must Test:

  • English Language Arts(ELA)

    • Students in English 9, 10 and 11, including seniors who are repeating English 9,10, or 11 and did not pass the corresponding PARCC

    • The NJDOE exempts juniors in AP Language and Composition who take the AP Exam from taking the Grade 11 ELA PARCC

  • Mathematics

    • Students in any grade who are enrolled in Algebra 1, Geometry or Algebra 2


Absent or Tardy Students:

  • Students are required to make up that section of the test missed. Students should bring all backpacks, materials and cell phones to their locker first. Make-up dates are as follows:

    • ELA: March 31 report directly to room 126

    • Math:  April 6 and 7 report directly to room 126

    • See your school counselor with questions or concerns


Who Does Not Test:

  • Seniors in English 12

  • Students in any Mathematics course other than Algebra 1, Geometry or Algebra 2

  • Juniors in AP Language and Composition may be exempt from taking the PARCC ELA 11, as per the NJDOE AP Exemption, provided they register for and take the AP English Language and Composition exam.


Students who are not required to test must arrive at school no later than 9:20 in order to fulfill the time requirement for a school day, entering through the loading dock doors and reporting to the Gym.


ATTENDANCE POLICIES APPLY TO TESTING AND NON-TESTING STUDENTS FOR THESE SIX DAYS


Some portions of the PARCC assessment contain an audio/video component, which requires students to wear headphones. We encourage students to bring their own personal headphones, and pencils  each day.  Additional sets of headphones will be available to students, if needed. Students are advised not to bring smart phones, smart watches, IPODs, etc. into the testing locations.  The NJDOE considers possession of any of these items a breach of security, thereby voiding the test and possibly incurring sanctions against the school.  Students with voided tests will not be allowed to take a makeup test.  Upon arrival to school, students should place all materials, backpacks, coats and cell phones in their locker before reporting to the test room.

NOTICE – In the event of a weather-related delayed opening, TESTING WILL BE CANCELED for the day. All students should arrive to first period by 8:48,  in accordance with the standard delayed opening bell schedule. Revised testing dates would be posted.





PARCC Test  Days Bell Schedule

March 28, 29, 30 & April 3, 4, 5


After each day’s testing is concluded, the following modified class schedules will run:

    March 28-30 PARCC ELA                                           April 3-5 PARCC MATHEMATICS

Period

Start

End


Period

Start

End

PARCC

7:18 AM

9:40 AM


PARCC

7:18 AM

9:25 AM

4L

9:44 AM

10:12 AM


4L

9:29 AM

9:59 AM

5L

10:16 AM

10:44 AM


5L

10:03 AM

10:33 AM

6L

10:48 AM

11:16 AM


6L

10:37 AM

11:07 AM

7L

11:20 AM

11:48 AM


7L

11:11 AM

11:41 AM

3

11:52 AM

12:21 PM


3

11:45 AM

12:15 PM

2

12:25 PM

12:53 PM


2

12:19 PM

12:49 PM

1

12:57 PM

1:25 PM


1

12:53 PM

1:23 PM

8

1:29 PM

1:57 PM


8

1:27 PM

1:57 PM


As part of the school community, you play an important role in preparing your child for this experience. Please have your child in school on time on each day in the testing window.  Students perform best when they have had a nutritionally sound breakfast and a restful night’s sleep. Your support and encouragement can go a long way to set a positive tone for this mandatory test-taking experience.


On behalf of the professional staff of our district, we thank you for your continued support in making this a positive experience for the students of West Milford High School.

Sincerely,

Paul Gorski                                          Heidi Cosmi-Godau

Principal, WMHS                                          District Testing Coordinator, WMTPS