New Jersey PARCC Test Prep

New Jersey PARCC Test Prep

About New Jersey’s Standardized Tests for 3rd Grade – High School

Are your children preparing for the New Jersey Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, known as PARCC? PARCC is a statewide assessment program administered in third grade through high school. These New Jersey standardized tests assess language arts, literacy, and math. The results provide actionable data that will help parents, teachers, and students improve academic performance. The New Jersey PARCC test is also used to determine each school’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

Time4Learning, an online service that teaches many of the skills that these exams test, offers this page to help you understand the PARCC and how you can help your children prepare.

NJ PARCC at a Glance

New Jersey students take the following New Jersey PARCC tests:

3rd Grade – 8th Grade
Aligned to Common Core State Standards, the NJ PARCC measures students’ critical thinking skills in the major content areas. This allows the students to apply knowledge to solve problems and conduct research to develop and communicate a point of view.

Students in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades take level-specific NJ PARCC tests in mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA), which includes reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.

High School NJ PARCC
Students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade must take the NJ PARCC in language arts, literacy, and math. In order to graduate, students must pass the Algebra 1 PARCC and the PARCC Grade 10 ELA (English Language Arts) at level four or higher. The PARCC replaced the High School Proficiency Assessment (HPSA) in 2015.

NJ PARCC Scores
NJ PARCC exams are criterion-referenced tests, as opposed to norm-referenced tests. This means that your child will only compete against him or herself, rather than be compared against peers. Students are scored based on their mastery of grade-level Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS) and earn one of five performance levels:

  1. Did not meet expectations
  2. Partially met expectations
  3. Approached expectations
  4. Met expectations
  5. Exceeded expectations

The goal is for all students to score at or above level four, meaning that they meet the expectations.

Other New Jersey Standardized Tests

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) are designed to measure the progress of students with severe disabilities who are unable to participate in the NJ PARCC. English Language Learners take the ACCESS for ELLs® standards-based test to measure their social and academic proficiency in English. New Jersey also participates annually in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the Nation’s Report Card, where a sampling of students (from grades 4, 8, and/or 12) are tested in several content areas as part of a nationally representative assessment of student performance.

Prior to PARCC, students were required to take the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) for Science, and the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT). However, both tests have been replaced by the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment for Science (NJSLA-S), beginning in 2018. The NJSLA-S occurs in grades 5, 8, and 11 to ensure that students are meeting Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS).

Preparing for the NJ PARCC

For general tips on test preparation, please visit our standardized test overview page. The real preparation for NJ PARCC, or any standardized test, begins with a family’s commitment to ensuring their children receive an excellent education throughout their school years. All families should make special efforts to help their students learn, by first ensuring that students do their homework and read on a daily basis. Many families also use tutors or an online learning program, such as Time4Learning, to build skills. In addition, families use test prep programs or books to help their students become familiar with the test formats and time restrictions, learn test-taking strategies, and practice strategies for different types of questions. Time4Learning is not a test prep program, it is a program that builds the skills that will be tested.

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