Assessment of Skills

PARCC Test: Information For Parents

Dr. Sharon Vitella's Letter to Parents on PARCC Testing

Parents, Please Note:  The New Jersey Department of Education has established strict guidelines regarding electronic devices in any room where the PARCC Test is being administered. If a device is brought into the testing room, students are required to turn them off and turn them into teachers prior to the start of the test. They will be held until testing has concluded.

This mandate applies to all electronic devices, including cell phones, smart watches, and digital readers. If a student is found to have a device after testing has begun, we are obligated to contact the Department of Education and an investigation of testing irregularity will be undertaken.

Please share the severity of these new mandates with your child prior to administration of PARCC Testing. 

Assessments For Gifted and Advanced Course Placement

The criteria for student placement in our Gifted Academic Program (GAP) will continue with a portfolio assessment for each student. The student’s Fountas and Pinnell (F & P) Instructional Level Expectations for Reading, the district’s English Language Arts Assessments, as well as the Progressive Math Initiative (PMI) final exam score in Grades 2, 3, and 4 will be factors considered for GAP placement. This chart will define the assessments used by all grade levels for GAP placement.

How to Help Your Child With Test-Taking

Test-taking can be stressful for children. Often, the pressure to perform well is self-imposed and results in anxiety that parents may not immediately recognize. Parents can help to offset that anxiety by making sure that children eat a good breakfast on test days and get a good night's sleep the night before. But there are other ways to help throughout the school year if you understand the types of assessments students will face and the basic expectations of success. Below are links to sites you may find helpful: