District part of 30 districts in Morris County voluntarily participating in PARCC field testing


ROXBURY TWP., N.J. (March 26, 2014) – Roxbury Public Schools continues to progressively forge ahead  with technology upgrades in preparation of next year’s statewide implementation of PARCC, which will replace the NJ ASK and HSPA tests for students in grades 3 through 11.


Beginning this week, the K-12 school district in Morris County will join hundreds of school districts across the state this spring that will participate in online field tests for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, otherwise known as PARCC.


Roxbury Public Schools was selected by the state Department of Education to participate in both the Performance-Based Assessments and the End-of-Year Assessments in both English Language Arts and Mathematics across multiple grade levels.


“The field tests enable the district to learn more about the computer-based assessments in PARCC and determine whether further infrastructure upgrades to Roxbury’s technology and personnel are necessary,” said Loretta Radulic, Assistant Superintendent for the district. “These assessments further the state’s implementation of Common Core standards in 2010, promoting the preparation of students with 21st century skills vital for success after high school, in college and their overall career.”


The field tests provide an opportunity to have a greater understanding of the administration of the test, the needs of the students and feedback used to improve policies and procedures for the operational administration in 2014-2015.


According to Roxbury Supervisor of Teresa Rehman, the district estimates that about $500,000 in upgrades have been invested to meet the technical requirements of PARCC thus far, including upgrades to computers, operating systems, bandwidth and network infrastructure. The district has also implemented the use of Renaissance software as part of the preparation process. “The Renaissance program offers computer-adaptive assessments designed to provide accurate, reliable, and valid data to help inform instruction and intervention.  Since they are computer-based assessments, they also provide our students time and experience with on-line testing situations as part of the preparation process for PARCC,” said Rehman.


There are more than 400 NJ public school districts (representing 1,276 schools in those districts) that will participate in the field tests. View the full list here.


According to the PARCC officials, this spring’s field test will allow districts to try out PARCC test questions, ensuring the questions are aligned to applicable content areas and give feedback on the test itself for further development. The field tests will not be scored. Roxbury will administer the PARCC field test in two parts, from March 25 to  April 11 and then from May 5 to June 6 for select Math and English classes in Grades 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, as determined by the state Department of Education.  Parents whose students have been randomly selected to participate in the field test were notified by a letter from the Assistant Superintendent.

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