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RIH & PARCC FAQs and Information

Welcome to the RIH PARCC FAQ and Information page! Below you will find information about the PARCC assessment, changes for the Spring 2016 PARCC administration, helpful information for why to take the PARCC assessment, the revised refusal process, testing schedules, the test score presentation from last year's test administration, and other PARCC-related information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who will take the PARCC assessments in the Spring of 2016?

A: All students who are currently enrolled in:

ELA / Literacy

  • Students in English 1 (9th grade), English 2 (10th grade), or English 3 (11th grade) will take the grade level English Language Arts / Literacy PARCC in the Spring of 2016.
  • Juniors currently enrolled in AP English 3 AND take the AP English Language English and Composition test in May may be exempt from taking the Grade 11 ELA PARCC assessment. Participation in the AP English Language English and Composition exam will satisfy the participation requirement for assessment but the score on the AP assessment can not be used to satisfy the high school graduation testing requirement. The graduation testing requirement will need to be met by meeting a cut score on an alternative assessment, as found on the NJ State Memo dated November 5, 2016.

Mathematics: Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II will take the respective mathematics subject area test in the spring of 2016. This includes the following courses:

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Fundamentals of Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Fundamentals of Algebra 2

Any student who is enrolled in two PARCC math courses (ex. Geometry and Algebra II or Geometry and Algebra I) will take the Algebra I or Algebra II test. These students will not take the Geometry assessment.

Students enrolled in the following courses are NOT required to take the PARCC assessment in Math:

  • Precalculus
  • Calculus
  • College Algebra & Statistics
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Integrated Algebra and Geometry
  • Math 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Advanced Mathematics Applications

Q: What are the changes to the PARCC assessment for the Spring of 2016?

A: There are three major changes to the PARCC assessment from the previous administration in the Spring of 2015:

  • The Spring 2016 PARCC administration has one testing window, as opposed to the two testing windows in the Spring of 2015. The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School will be administering PARCC during the week of April 18, 2016.
  • The Spring 2016 administration has 1.5 hours less testing time than the Spring 2015 administration.
  • There are 6 tested units (3 in Mathematics, 3 in English Language Arts / Literacy), as opposed to 9 testing units in the Spring of 2015.

Q: Why should my child participate in PARCC?

A: Students will have different reasons for taking the PARCC assessment depending on where they are in their high school career. These reasons include:

  • Meeting a NJ State graduation high school requirement for showing proficiency in English Language Arts / Literacy and mathematics, as described in the November 5, 2015 memo from the NJ State Department of Education.
  • Receiving a more detailed and targeted report (compared to the former NJ ASK and HSPA assessments) that provides information in the areas reading, writing, and mathematics. The individual student reports include sub-claims in these three areas that help to identify strengths and weaknesses, and can be used to make future instructional decisions.
  • Providing the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District with information that relates to the curricular program here in the district, as taken through the students' scores and sub-claim data. This information can be used to inform curriculum and instructional decisions.
  • Practice for the redesigned SAT - Even though the SAT is still a paper and pencil test, the redesigned SAT is more aligned to the PARCC than before. Participating in PARCC will provide students with an opportunity to practice their testing skills with questions that require persistence in solving multi-step problems and synthesizing evidence-based responses from a number of different sources.
  • Practice with online assessments - Our students will face online assessments in their future. Participating in the PARCC assessment provides the student with an opportunity to take a standardized online assessment in a formal testing environment.

Q: Are the PARCC scores going to be included on my child's high school transcript?

A: As per the NJ State DOE memo dated March 3, 2015, no action has been taken that will require including PARCC scores on a student transcript. The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District will continue with the practice of NOT including NJ State standardized test scores on a student's transcript.

Q: What will happen if a student refuses to take the PARCC assessment? What if a parent refuses to allow their child to take the PARCC?

A. It is the District's hope and expectation that all of our high school students in a tested grade and subject will take the PARCC assessment (see previous question above). A parent / legal guardian who refuses to have their child participate in the PARCC assessment will need to do the following:

  • Bring a signed note identifying that you refuse to have your child participate in PARCC to the Guidance Office by the end of the school day, Monday, March 21, 2016. This note must be brought in by a parent / legal guardian. Students will not be able to submit a refusal note without a parent / legal guardian present. Parents who cannot arrange to submit a note to the guidance office during regular school hours may bring a signed note to the Board of Education Offices during one of the following dates / times:
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM on Monday, March 14, 2016
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 19, 2016
  • Read and sign a Statement of Refusal in the Guidance Office. This statement will identify that your child will not receive a detailed score report from PARCC with his/her strengths and weaknesses in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics, will not be able to use PARCC as a method of meeting the NJ State high school testing graduation requirement, and will not provide information back to the district to help inform curricular decisions in the respective content or grade level areas. This Statement of Refusal also identifies how the student's test will be marked ("voided") and the expectations during testing.

Students do not have the option to opt-out or refuse testing without the written consent from their parent / legal guardian. A student who refuses to test during the PARCC administration and does not have written consent from a parent / legal guardian will face disciplinary action.

The State of New Jersey has always required school districts to have specific procedures in place for any type of test irregularity, including refusal to test. While the outcomes are decided at the local district level, test refusal constitutes a voiding of a student's test. In practical terms, the following will occur:

  • The student's test will be submitted to the state as a "void" test, with refusal to test as the reason for the testing irregularity. Once a test is voided, no make up test is allowed.
  • The student is removed from the testing site and reports to a non-testing location, where he/she will remain under supervision of staff not assigned to administer the test.
  • The student will be allowed to read a book, but will not receive any type of alternative instruction during the testing period. The student will not be permitted to use any technological device, including but not limited to laptop, cell phone, iPad, iPod, etc.
  • The student will rejoin his/her classmates at the conclusion of the testing period.

Q: What happens if a student is absent on the day(s) that the PARCC is administered?

A: Students not in attendance on the day of the assessment(s) will take the PARCC assessment on the designated make-up days.

Q: What will students need to bring to school on the day(s) of the PARCC assessment?

A: The students will need to bring the following to school for the PARCC assessment:

  • A graphing calculator with functionalities consistent with TI-84 or similar models. If a student does not have a graphing calculator for the day of the math assessment, s/he can use the online graphing calculator that is included in the PARCC testing environment.
  • Headphones that can be used with the student-assigned MacBook Air. These headphones should be wired and plugged into the headphone port on the laptop (not wireless / bluetooth).
  • Charged laptop and power cord
  • Pencils
  • Recreational reading material (for use during the remaining time after completing the PARCC assessment)

Exam Breakdown - Spring 2016

Mathematics: Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II

  • Unit 1: 90 minutes (Scheduled for Monday, April 18)
  • Unit 2: 90 minutes (Scheduled for Tuesday, April 19)
  • Unit 3: 90 minutes (Scheduled for Tuesday, April 19)

English Language Arts / Literacy: Grade 9, Grade 10, and Grade 11

  • Unit 1: 110 minutes (Scheduled for Thursday, April 21)
  • Unit 2: 110 minutes (Scheduled for Friday, April 22)
  • Unit 3: 90 minutes (Scheduled for Friday, April 22)

Click here for important busing and class schedule information during the PARCC testing days!

PARCC Resources


PARCC - Description and Sample Assessment Questions for the three different types of mathematics assessment questions:

  • Type I - Machine scored
    Assesses conceptual understanding, fluency, and application
  • Type II - Machine and/or hand scored
    "Call for written arguments/justifications, critique of reasoning, or precision in mathematical statements"
  • Type III - Machine and / or hand scored
    "Calls for modeling modeling/application in a real-world context or scenario"

PARCC - High Level Blueprint for Mathematics
Overview of Types I, II, and III, and the breakdown of problems Spring 2016 Assessment.

PARCC - Math Test Specification Documents

Links to Claim Structure, Evidence Statements, and Informational Guides

PARCC - Calculator Policy (updated October 2015)

English Language Arts
PARCC - High Level Blueprint for English Language Arts / Literacy

PARCC - English Language Arts / Literacy Test Specification Documents

Links to Evidence Tables and Rubrics

Accessibility Features and Accommodations

Test Preparation

Preparation and Professional Learning

Teacher / Educational Resources

Math Resources

Language Arts Resources

Science Resources

Additional Resources

PARCC Results: Year One

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