PARCC Scores Explained: Language Arts & MathematicsPreparing for PARCC ScoresInterpreting PARCCNew 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 TestsCommon Core Presentation: What Are The Common Core State Standards?
Introducing the Common Core VideoNew 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
- Deep Understanding
- 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 MayOn September 9, 2015, the New Jersey Department of Education communicated the following:
On January 7, 2016, the New Jersey Department of Education updated the Graduation Requirementsand communicated the following:"The purpose of this Memo is to provide districts with updated threshold scores that students will need to achieveon 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 previouslyissued threshold score of 40 in reading and mathematics is no longer applicable for certain students. Morespecifically, for those students who took the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT in October 2015, and for thosestudents who will take the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT in future administrations, a 22 on reading and a 22on mathematics will satisfy their assessment graduation requirement.The updated chart below details how students can satisfy their assessment graduation requirement."
- 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.
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 orPSAT10 Reading or PSAT-NMSQT Reading**>=40PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQTReading*** >=22 or
PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math**>= 40 orPSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQTMath*** >=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 AppealNote: * 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.