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October 22, 2015
To all Hasbrouck Heights Schools Parents and Guardians:
Below please find the results of the PARCC test that was administered in the spring of 2015. These scores are the overall percentages for the State. District averages and individual student scores have not yet been released by the State Department of Education. We will keep you apprised of their release.
Dr. Matthew Helfant, Superintendent of Schools
Trenton, NJ – The Christie Administration today announced statewide PARCC assessment results, making good on its promise to provide parents and educators with a more accurate measurement of students' progress on the path to success after high school.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment, which replaced the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) and High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) in English language arts and mathematics, asks students to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and skills by utilizing critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem solving.
"We promised parents an honest assessment regarding their children's readiness to succeed in school and to graduate ready to meet the challenges of college or a career," said Education Commissioner David C. Hespe. "PARCC delivers on that promise. For the first time in more than 30 years, we have a test that is designed to actually improve instruction in our schools."
Setting a New Baseline, Focusing on the Future
The scores released today set a new baseline and cannot be compared to previous scores from now outdated exams that reflected different, lower-level knowledge and skills. Whenever a new test is introduced, there is a period of adjustment as teachers and students become acclimated to the new standards and assessments.
"This first year's results show there is still much work to be done in ensuring all of our students are fully prepared for the 21st century demands of college and career," said Commissioner Hespe.
Summary of New Jersey's 2015 PARCC Outcomes
English Language Arts
Numbers for charts may not total 100% due to rounding. * Note: Approximately 30,000 New Jersey students participated in the PARCC Algebra I assessment while in middle school. Thus, PARCC Math 8 outcomes are not representative of grade 8 performance as a whole.
Results from the PARCC assessment go beyond the old exams by providing parents with greater detail for each subject in which their child is excelling or may need support.
"We expect the scores to give parents a useful assessment of where their children are, and we encourage parents to use the individual score reports to work with teachers to support their children's development," said New Jersey Parent Teacher Association President Rose Acerra. "We all know that our children are much more than a single score, but the assessment results will present an opportunity to help our students reach higher achievement levels than we ever thought possible."
As results from future assessments are returned to school districts and parents much sooner, Commissioner Hespe noted how school leaders can use the data to improve instruction. For instance, teachers whose students struggle in a certain area may benefit from targeted professional development. Educators will soon be able to review large numbers of actual test questions, including how they were evaluated, which can help guide classroom instruction more toward critical-thinking and problem-solving skills the test demands.
"For local boards of education, the 2015 PARCC data can serve as an important starting point for an ongoing discussion about improving instruction," said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association. "We urge our members to work with their administrative teams and teaching staffs to use this information to identify the strengths and weaknesses of curriculum and to ensure that professional development is aligned with the learning needs of their students."
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education has changed the following meeting dates:
From: Thursday, September 24, 2015 to Wednesday, September 23, 2015
From: Thursday, October 22, 2015 to Thursday, October 29, 2015
From: Thursday, November 19, 2015 to Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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of new students entering grades K-5 takes place Monday through Friday at the Board of Education Office,
379 Boulevard from:
8:30 – 11:30
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HIB Contact: A. Lewites 201-639-6901