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Toms River Regional Schools PARCC testing window is April 16 - May 25, 2018.

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The district has made a commitment to prepare students for future careers and higher education, which has helped students become familiar with reading text and solving problems on computers.

Because the assessments are online, students will use a set of basic computer skills, including keyboarding, drag and drop, and highlighting. These are skills that students are familiar with from technology and media instruction. 

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The PARCC assessment is made up of:

ELA/Literacy

The state summative English language arts/literacy tests are available in Grades 3-8 and high school. Students read and analyze passages from real texts - fiction and non-fiction - and sometimes watch video or listen to audio. They write, using what they've learned from the passages and multi-media to support their arguments. These skills are critically important for students in college and in the workplace. In the past, students have typically been asked to write only once in each grade span - in elementary, middle, and high school. PARCC measures writing at every grade because it is key to showing readiness for the next academic work, and in high school, readiness for college and career.


Mathematics

The annual summative math tests are available in Grades 3-8 and high school. Students solve multi-step math problems that require reasoning and address real-world situations. This requires students to reason mathematically, make sense of quantities and their relationships to solve real-world problems, and show their understanding. Many previous assessments focused mostly on rote procedure only. Because the assessments are online, students will use a set of basic computer skills, including keyboarding, drag and drop, and highlighting. These are skills that students are familiar with from technology and media instruction. 

The PARCC & NJSLA-Science assessments are aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, & Science. 

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states that has designed assessments to measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and future careers. These computer-based grade 3-11 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy are intended to give teachers, schools, students, and parents more detailed and immediate information on student performance as well as tools to help schools customize learning to meet student needs.

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Test Fairness and Security

The PARCC states are committed to secure testing because fair tests are essential to better preparing the next generation for success. How do the states protect the fairness and validity of the PARCC test?

The states contract with a test vendor to search social media and websites for images or words from live tests, which are copyright infringements and jeopardize the fairness of the test for all students.

Sharing images of test items via Twitter, Instagram, or other public social media sites - or posting basic information about test items - is today's equivalent of photocopying a test and passing it out on the schoolhouse steps. Cell phones are not allowed in the testing session and test administrators are instructed to tell all students before the test that sharing any test question online is prohibited.

The PARCC states' policy follows the best practices outlined by the Council of Chief State School Officers, which recommends that there should be "procedures to monitor the internet and social websites before, during and after test administration for any evidence the items and/or answers have been shared" online. In order to maintain test security, each PARCC state contracted with its test vendor, Pearson, to search for any live PARCC test questions that are shared through public social media sites. This is standard practice for large-scale tests including ACT and SAT.

Student Data Privacy and Security

Student data privacy and security are critically important to the PARCC states and its member states, which have adopted a Data Privacy and Security Policy and implemented a rigorous set of policies and guidelines to protect student privacy and the security of data.