PARCC Results Are Coming
We are expecting the PARCC results for students in last year’s grades 3 to 8 in the next few weeks. Because there are substantial differences in the way these reports are read, I would like to share some of these changes and some of the expectations with you.
First the test itself. The children had two testing sessions lasting for a total of up to nine days (lower grades had seven or eight). The first session was in March, the second in May. It should be noted that for the 2016 test administration there will only be one session, for a week in April or May. Additionally, the test was administered on computers. All children’s answers, essays, etc. were written on computer. In some cases children had to drag items from one place on the computer screen to an answer box. In others they had to measure with online computer tools and calculate answers in special boxes.
The PARCC results are divided into five categories, with numerical scores that range between 650 and 850. The categories are:
- Level 1—Did not yet meet expectations
- Level 2—Partially met expectations
- Level 3—Approached expectations
- Level 4—Met expectations
- Level 5—Exceeded expectations
Levels 4 and 5 are considered by the State to be “College and Career Ready.”
In order to explain the difference in scores between the NJ ASK and PARCC, the Department of Education has made the following points
- Many students will see lower scores. For example, statewide, on the NJ ASK 76% of fourth graders were proficient or advanced proficient in math. On the 2015 PARCC only 41% met or exceeded expectations.
- Some of the reasons for these lower scores are
- The test was given on computers and the effect of that is not known.
- The tests conform to the Common Core Standards and have set a higher bar than previous tests.
- The State of New Jersey hopes to use these tests for baseline data for future tests.
The score report will look like this: