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COLTS NECK TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS

PARCC TESTING SCHEDULE FOR 2016-2017

December 21, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians of Colts Neck Township Schools,

New Jersey will soon administer the PARCC test in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. Colts Neck Township Schools will begin the PARCC test in April. The test was first administrated in 2015, and replaced the NJASK and HSPA tests. It matches the content and skills outlined in the standards that guide instruction in the classroom. The PARCC test provides a deeper level of information about student progress than previous tests, which makes it a valuable tool to measure student performance. PARCC identifies the areas in each subject where a student needs additional support and where he or she has mastered the content and can be challenged to go deeper into the subject matter. This information can be useful for parents, teachers, students, and school administrators.

For the 2016-2017 school year, the PARCC testing schedule will range from April 19 through May 19, 2017. The overall amount of testing time has been reduced, and the district has developed a testing schedule that meets the needs of students, and allowing for the least amount of disruption to instructional time.

The Colts Neck PARCC testing schedule is as follows:

Grade 6, 7, & 8 ELA: April 19-21, 2017

Grades 6, 7, & 8 Grade Level Math, Algebra I & Geometry: April 24-26, 2017

Grade 3, 4, & 5 ELA: May 2-4, 2017

Grade 3, 4, & 5 Math: May 8-11, 2017

(see below for further information)

Students in grades 4 and 8 will still take the paper-pencil NJASK Science assessment on May 31, 2017.

If you have any further questions regarding your child’s PARCC schedule, please contact your child’s school.  For additional information about PARCC, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at         732-946-0055 ext. 4107 or jones@coltsneckschools.org.

Sincerely,

Melissa Jones

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

 

COLTS NECK TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS

April –May 2017

PARCC ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE

Cedar Drive Middle School

Grade 6,7, & 8 ELA:  April 19-21, 2017

Grade 6, 7, & 8 Grade Level Math, Algebra I & Geometry:

  April 24-26, 2017

April 19-21 & April 24-26 Schedule  

PARCC TESTING START TIME WILL BEGIN AT  8:15 AM

 

Unit Testing Times*:

April 19th

ELA Day 1:

110 min

April 20th

ELA Day 2:

110 min

April 21st

ELA Day 3:

90 min

April 24th

Math Day 1:

80 min

Algebra I

Day 1:

90 min

Geometry

Day 1:

90 min

April 25th

Math Day 2:

80 min

Algebra I

Day 2:

90 min

Geometry

Day 1:

90 min

 

April 26th

Math Day 3:

80 min

Algebra I

Day 3:

90 min

Geometry

Day 1:

90 min

 

*Unit testing time does not include 30 minutes needed for logging on students, reading directions, and closing-out students.

 

COLTS NECK TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS

April –May 2017

Conover Road Elementary School

Grade 3, 4, & 5 ELA: May 2-4, 2017

Grade 3, 4, & 5 Math: May 8-11, 2017 

May 2-4 & May 8-11  Schedule

PARCC TESTING START TIME WILL BEGIN AT  9:15AM

Unit Testing Times*:

May 2nd

ELA Day 1:

90 min

 

 

 

May 3rd

Grade 3 ELA Day 2:

75 min

Grade 4 & 5 ELA Day 2:

90 min

May 4th

ELA Day 3:

90 min

May 8th

Math Day 1: 60 min

 

May 9th

Math Day 2:

60 min

May 10th

Math Day 3:

60 min

 

May 11th

Math Day 4:

60 min

*Unit testing time does not include 30 minutes needed for logging on students, reading directions, and closing-out students.

 


For our PARCC parents and families:

 

Materials Prohibited in the Testing Environment: According to PARCC’s “Spring 2017 Test Administrator Manual:  Prohibited materials can compromise test security and violate the construct being measured by the assessment, thus producing invalid results.  Prohibited materials include materials that must be covered or removed from the testing room. The following lists are materials that may not be used at any time during a unit, including after a student has completed testing or during a break

Materials Prohibited By Students During All Units:

·         All cellular phones (including camera phones and smartphones)

·        Food

·         Drinks / liquids

·         Instructional aids related to the content being assessed

·         Reference books

·         Any resource   (e.g., books, posters, models, displays, teaching aids) that defines, explains, or illustrates terminology or concepts or otherwise provides unauthorized assistance during testing

·         Mathematical formulas and conversion tables other than the grade-specific, PARCC approved Mathematics Reference Sheets

NOTE: Backpacks and coats will not be permitted into testing environments, so please have your child dress appropriately and with comfort in mind.

 Materials Allowed after Test Sessions are Complete and Secure Items Collected:

·         Recreational books (subject matter of recreational books must be unrelated to content being assessed).

 Testing Breaks:

The following are permitted during test administration at the discretion of the Test Administrator:

·         One stretch break of up to three minutes for the entire classroom during  testing for each unit. The stopping time should be adjusted by no more than three minutes if there is a stretch break.

·         Individual restroom breaks during testing.

No Visitors, Please

Visitors not authorized to serve as Test Administrators or Proctors, are prohibited from entering the testing environment. 

Tools of the Test:

The following are a list of materials and “tools” your child will be using during PARCC.

PARCC – supplied material – printed and maintained by testing staff:

·         Student Testing Ticket

School-supplied materials

·         Wooden No. 2 pencil(s) with eraser(s)

·         Blank scratch paper

·         Calculators*

·         Rulers and Protractors**

·         Headphones***

* For grades 3–5, calculators are allowed for accommodation use only. There are grade and course specific guidelines for the

use of calculators, grades 6-8.  For grades 6-7, students may only use a four-function calculator with square root and percentage functions. For grade 8, students may use only scientific calculators.  For Algebra I & Geometry, students may use a graphing calculator.

**There are grade specific guidelines pertaining to these tools.  Please contact your child’s school for specific information.

*** Headphones are needed for ELA/Literacy units

Let’s Get Them Ready…..

Here are some suggestions for students and families to consider before, during, and after PARCC Testing:

·         Ask your child to tell you what they know about PARCC;   

·         A good night’s rest is beneficial to student performance on any given day of the school year;

·         Encourage hydration;

·         After a day of testing, talk with your child about the experience;

 

NOTE: Students in grades 4-8, will be testing on their chromebooks, so we ask that they come to school each day with them fully charged

 Sample Questions and Grade Specific Rubrics:

http://www.parcconline.org/samples/item-task-prototypes

The PARCC staff has worked very hard to share information about the new assessment.  By clicking on the link above, you may access sample questions as well as performance rubrics, by subject and grade level. For information on participating PARCC states, visit www.parcconline.org/about/states

 Parent Academy for Student Success (PASS): Toolkits for Critical Academic Communications between Home and School

http://www.state.nj.us/education/sca/toolkit/pass1/

 “PARCC: Take the Test: A Very Different Type of Test”

http://www.parcconline.org/take-the-test/a-different-kind-of-test

 “PARCC tests reflect what students must know each year as they build toward the knowledge and skills needed for college and careers. By letting students know they are on track long before they graduate, PARCC opens the door to college and careers and gives them a ticket to entry directly into credit-bearing courses. This can save students and families money and help ensure that they have access to college. In English language arts/literacy, students at every grade (3–11) must read one or more texts (and sometimes watch a video), write about what they read and/or viewed, and provide evidence drawn from the reading — skills that are critically important for students in college and in the workplace. In the past, students have typically been asked to write only once in each grade span in elementary, middle, and high school. PARCC measures writing at every grade because it is key to college and career readiness. In elementary school, students develop critical skills in using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown academic words and build the vocabulary needed for both reading complex texts and developing their own ideas in writing. In mathematics, students must reason mathematically, make sense of quantities and their relationships to solve real-world problems, and show their understanding. Many previous assessments focused mostly on rote procedure only. In elementary school, students develop procedural skills, conceptual understanding, and modeling and application skills with a particular focus on number sense, place value, fractions, and properties of operations.”

 If you would like specific information regarding your child’s PARCC testing schedule, please do not hesitate to contact our building-based testing coordinators, Mrs. Anne Rauso (CRES) and Mrs. Merri Milano or Mrs. Andrea Licari or Mrs. Lauren Hums (CDMS).

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