This month, a new assessment test has been testing in several states that will replace state mandated assessments of student’s learning in English literacy and mathematics. For NJ, this will replace the NJ ASK and replace it with the PARCC. The PARCC, which stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is computer based and a new format for students to learn. The new test is currently being field tested, and will have another round of field testing in May. It is supposed to replace state tests in 2015, so this is the last year your student will take the NJ ASK.
NJ Spotlight has written an article about it that helps explain April’s field test and some of the concerns with the test. More information on the test itself and practice exams for your child can be found at PARCC’s website.