In last week’s blog I briefly mentioned the PARCC. I just wanted to go a little more into the PARCC and what exactly it is. “The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers,” as stated on their website (http://www.parcconline.org/about-parcc). The PARCC assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and were made to ensure students are on track for college and careers (as mentioned in the title) by checking their progress in the tests. The PARCC is different than other tests in that it has students demonstrate their critical thinking, problem-solving and writing skills rather than simply filling in the bubble for a correct answer.
This is a great place to find more information on PARCC that is specifically for parents: http://www.parcconline.org/for-parents
This is a great place to learn more about the PARCC specifically in New Jersey: http://www.state.nj.us/education/sca/parcc/