In 2014-2015, the PARCC assessments replaced the existing statewide assessments, the NJASK in grades 3-8 and HSPA in high school. Although the PARCC is still being used in New Jersey, the Commissioner of Education, Commissioner Repollet, at the urging of Governor Murphy, has begun a process to transition away from the PARCC and towards a new form of state assessment.  

The first proposed changes which are intended to apply to the Class of 2019, include:

  • Reducing the number of tests required for high school graduation from six to two. The two tests that will remain are Algebra I and English Language Arts 10;

  • Maintaining multiple pathways currently available to show proficiency, including the SAT among other available options;

  • Ensuring a timely dissemination of assessment results to educators and parents, thereby closing feedback loops;

  • Allowing for English Language Learners to substitute a NJDOE-approved English language proficiency test in lieu of the current statewide assessment and;

  • A reduction of the length of assessments across all grades by 25%, returning valuable time to students and educators that should be spent learning.

Additional information about the PARCC assessment, in its current state, is available through the PARCC website including:

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