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New PARCC Tests Are No Problem For Ridgewood Students

PARCC tests results are in
PARCC tests results are in Photo Credit: Wikipedia

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — State and district scores for the PARCC tests indicate that Ridgewood students did well in the benchmark year for the new assessment "as anticipated," Assistant Schools Supt. Cheryl Best said.

Parents of students who participated in both sessions of PARCC testing last spring will receive a guide for understanding the score within a month, officials said. Students had to sit for both tests to receive a score report.

There will only be one required session in spring 2016 with reduced testing time from 2015, they said.

"The PARCC online tests were designed to replace the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) and the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to match the content and skills outlined in the new standards that are guiding instruction," Best said.

The tests moved away from multiple-choice bubble answers to questions that required students to explain their answers, she said.

"The results from PARCC, along with your child’s educational learning experience, which includes classroom performance, provide an overall picture of his or her academic success and progress towards readiness for college-level work," Best said.

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