Understanding PARCC


parcc New Jersey is among a group of leading states participating in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) – an internationally-benchmarked assessment of applied knowledge designed to measure Common Core proficiencies. PARCC will replace statewide exams starting with the NJASK in 2015. These tests will measure students’ content knowledge and key skills, such as their ability to think criticparcc ally, solve problems, and use information from their reading material to write well-developed essays. 

To provide as much information to our parents, students and community as possible, the PARCC section of this website will be updated on an ongoing basis with current news, information, useful links and more to better help with the transition to this new testing process. Additional questions or inquiries can be directed to Scott Klepesch, Director of Instructional Services: sklepesch@cwcboe.org. Thank you.


PARCC - the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers - is a group of states working together to develop a common set of computer-based K–12 assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics that are linked to the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  

PARCC states have committed to building a K-12 assessment system that:

· Builds a pathway to college and career readiness for all students.

· Creates high-quality assessments that measure the full range of the Common Core State Standards.

· Supports educators in the classroom.

· Makes better use of technology in assessments.

· Advances accountability at all levels.


PARCC assessments are scheduled to be implemented state-wide in the spring of the 2016-2017 school year.  Precise testing windows will be announced as they are established.  It is important to note that PARCC assessments will be given throughout a student's high school career, as courses are taken and completed.  

As with the 2015-16 administration, there will be only one testing administration (as opposed to the two which occurred in the 2014-15 school year).

· Every student in grades 3-8 and 9th, 10th and 11th grade will take the PARCC English Language Arts test

· Every student in grades 3-8 will take the PARCC Math Test

· Every student in Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 will take the PARCC Math test

New Jersey does not currently have an opt-out policy. Students are expected to participate in state assessment programs, as per the provisions under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.), and as advised by the Executive County Superintendent's Office.


·         Read Frequently Asked Questions about PARCC by clicking PARCC FAQs

·         View detailed information about PARCC on the website PARCC Online

·         Understand rhetoric specific to PARCC by clicking PARCC Glossary of Frequently Used Terms and Definitions

·         Watch Taking PARCC from a Student Perspective

·         Access a guide to PARCC Accessibility and Accommodation features by clicking Expanding Access

·         Get a sense of PARCC grade level expectations- click HERE to access ELA performance level descriptors and HERE to access Math performance level descriptors

·         Take a practice test by clicking PARCC Practice Test

·         Take a PARCC tutorial which includes sample test items and embedded features by clicking Pearson Test Tutorials

·         Read NJDOE graduation requirements for class of 2017, 2018, and 2018 by clicking Graduation 2017-19 Requirements

·         View a power point presentation by Director of Instructional Services Scott Klepesch: Common Core and PARCC: What Does This Mean for Caldwell-West Caldwell