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PARCC Scores Explained: Language Arts & Mathematics
Preparing for PARCC Scores
Interpreting PARCC
New Jersey is among the states leading the way in assessment innovation by developing new next generation assessments with other states and the District of Columbia as part of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium. PARCC has developed a set of assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy and for Mathematics based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that will be used by all states in the consortium to assess and measure the growth of approximately 22 million students in grades 3-11, nationwide.  
Below is a graphic which illustrates the developmental cycle of the PARCC Assessment Tests
Common Core Presentation: What Are The Common Core State Standards?  

Introducing the Common Core Video
New Jersey Data Profile Powerpoint

Instructional Shifts For The Common Core 
 English Language Arts  Mathematics
  • Balancing Informational and Literary Text
  • Building Knowledge in the Disciplines
  • Staircase of Complexity
  • Text-Based Answers
  • Writing From Sources
  • Academic Vocabulary
  • Focus
  • Coherence
  • Fluency
  • Deep Understanding 
  • Applications
  • Dual Intensity

Differences between NJASK/HSPA and PARCC 
 NJASK (3-8)/HSPA (11)  PARCC (3-11)
 Aligned to old standards (New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards or NJCCCS). Only select standards were assessed. Aligned to the Common Core Standards, which were adopted by New Jersey in 2010. The entire range of standards are assessed to ensure College and Career Readiness (CCR anchor standards). 
 Pen and paper assessment  Digital (computer-based) platform
 Multiple choice and open-ended responses  Performance-based (PBA) and End-of-year (EOY) assessments utilize multiple choice and constructed response that require critical thinking and demonstration of deep, conceptual understanding.
 Assessed once per year:
- HSPA administered in March
- NJASK administered in May 

Two assessments per year:

- Performance-based (PBA) tasks given in March and April
- EOY given in May 
On September 9, 2015, the New Jersey Department of Education communicated the following: 
  • Students graduating in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 will need to fulfill all local and state graduation requirements, including demonstrated proficiency on assessments of Language Arts and Mathematics.
  • Students must attain a passing score on one of the assessments in each column below.  
On January 7, 2016, the New Jersey Department of Education updated the Graduation Requirements
and communicated the following:
"The purpose of this Memo is to provide districts with updated threshold scores that students will need to achieve
on the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT in order to satisfy their assessment graduation requirement.
The redesigned PSAT/NMSQT was first administered to students in October 2015. As such, the previously
issued threshold score of 40 in reading and mathematics is no longer applicable for certain students. More
specifically, for those students who took the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT in October 2015, and for those
students who will take the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT in future administrations, a 22 on reading and a 22
on mathematics will satisfy their assessment graduation requirement.
The updated chart below details how students can satisfy their assessment graduation requirement."

English Language Arts


PARCC ELA Grade 9 >= 750 (Level 4) or

PARCC Algebra I >= 750 (Level 4) or

PARCC ELA Grade 10 >=750 (Level 4) or

PARCC Geometry >= 725 (Level 3) or

PARCC ELA Grade 11 >= 725 (Level 3) or

PARCC Algebra II >= 725 (Level 3) or

SAT Reading* >= 400 or

SAT Math* >= 400 or

ACT Reading or ACT PLAN Reading >= 16 or

ACT or ACT PLAN Math>= 16 or

Accuplacer Write Placer >= 6 or

Accuplacer Elementary Algebra >= 76 or

PSAT10 Reading or PSAT-NMSQT Reading**>=40
PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT
Reading*** >=22 or

PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math**>= 40 or

Math*** >=22 or

ACT Aspire Reading >= 422 or

ACT Aspire Math >= 422 or

ASVAB-AFQT Composite >=31 or

ASVAB-AFQT Composite >=31 or

Meet the Criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal

Meet the Criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal

Note: * SAT taken prior to March 2016; ** PSAT taken prior to October 2015. ***PSAT taken after October 2015. The College Board will establish new ‘threshold scores’ in May 2016 for the new SAT.