Common Core and PARCC Assessments

MCST is currently mailing home individual student reports (ISRs) for the students that participated in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests last spring. The results from PARCC, along with your child’s educational learning experience, including performance in the classroom, provide an overall picture of his or her academic success and progress towards graduating high school ready to succeed at college level work.

Overall, the school and district’s performance levels are promising. These new tests measure more complex, real-world skills such as critical-thinking, writing, and problem solving. For these reasons, these scores cannot be compared to previous test scores. Instead, they are setting a new, more accurate baseline from which progress can be measured moving forward.

Each subject is broken down into categories of skills and content to identify where a student is doing well and where he or she needs some additional help. We encourage you to talk to your child’s teacher for additional information on how your child is performing in class as well as discuss how he or she can be further supported in school. You can find grade level learning resources that can be accessed at home at the following websites:

Video explaining the score reports: http://www.understandthescore.org/

Additional resources for parents: http://www.bealearninghero.org/

Information about the PARCC assessment: http://parcc-assessment.org/resources/parent-resources

New Jersey specific information: http://www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/parcc/resources/

 

Four Page Parents Guide to Success: Click HERE

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s counselor.