About The PARCC Test and its AdministrationTop of Page

 A student at work on his laptop
The 2017-2018 school year marks the fourth year of mandated PARCC testing in the state of New Jersey.  PARCC encompasses English Language Arts and Mathematics.  

The state test window ranges from April 16, 2018 to May 25th, however, each school needs either six or seven days to do one unit per day.  See school test dates below. According to testing times established by the state, the maximum total testing time for students in Grade 3-8 for both English Language Arts and Math is 9 hours. This reflects a 30-minute deduction from total testing time during the 2016-2017 test cycle.

Our students have been familiarized with the use of the computer and the necessary functions required while testing.  Each student will have to use headphones, which we are asking that they bring from home for health reasons.  Any set of ear buds (must be double, not single) or headphones will suffice.  They should be brought in a plastic bag and labeled with their name to leave in school for the testing period.

PARCC Test: Information For ParentsTop of Page

Dr. Diane Willard's Letter to Parents of Special Needs Students 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. 


Understanding Your Child's PARCC ScoresTop of Page

Parent reports of student scores are compiled by the New Jersey Department of Education. It is important for you to understand the resulting scores and what they mean to your child's academic success. We have compiled some of the resources provided by the state that we believe may be most helpful in that regard.  
Should you have questions that remain unanswered, please speak with your child's teacher. Remember that this is a single assessment of your child's skills. Together with a student's grades, teacher feedback and scores on other tests, the PARCC test score report will help give a more complete picture of how well your child is performing academically.
Here's another website that offers an explanation of the test results, and provides a video presentation by teachers that walks you through a sample report: Understandthescore.org

Mount Laurel Schools' 2018 PARCC Testing DatesTop of Page

Hartford - Grade 5
Hartford - Grade 6
April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 4
April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9
April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8
April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8
April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8
April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8
April 18 - April 27 (No testing on
Bring Your Child to Work Day April 26)
April 18 - April 25

 May 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17

How to Help Your Child With Test-TakingTop of Page

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:

NJ Student Learning Assessment for Science (NJSLA-Science)Top of Page

The NJ Department of Education recently announced some changes regarding the state standardized testing for Science.  Prior to 2017 - 2018, our students in Grade 4 and Grade 8 took the NJ Assessment of Skills and Knowledge Science (NJ ASK).  This year a new test, the NJ Student Learning Assessment for Science (NJSLA-Science), will be administered.  Students in Grade 5 and Grade 8 will take the NJSLA-Science.  This assessment will be an online assessment that operates in the same manner as our online PARCC ELA and Math tests.
Testing wlll include a total four units that will be given over two-days (two units per day). The Grade 5 Test will total two hours. The Grade 8 Test will total three hours.

Hartford 5th Grade Students will test on May 21-22, 2018.
Harrington Middle School 8th Grade Students will test on June 4-5, 2018.

Please refer to these grade-level specific information guides for additional detail:

Assessments For Gifted and Advanced Course PlacementTop of Page

Placement in our Gifted Academic Program (GAP) is determined through a portfolio assessment for each student.
Areas considered include:
  • Parent recommendation home rating
  • Teacher recommendation - Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS)
  • Assessment of cognitive abilities (CoGAT, NNAT, OLSAT)
  • Fountas and Pinnell (F & P) Instructional level expectations for reading
  • District assessments and grade level performance