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State Board of Education Presents First Peek at Reports on PARCC Results

Breakout of scores on new tests will make it simple to compare students to counterparts across district, state, and country

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The Christie administration provided the first look yesterday at the reports that will be made available to parents and schools under the new and controversial PARCC exams that will be starting next month.

In a presentation to the State Board of Education, assistant commissioner Bari Erlichson walked through the new reports, which will be full of colorful graphics to show how individual students fare on the new online tests. The charts will also indicate how they compare with kids in their district, state, and across the country -- or at least in the dozen states taking the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests.

The reports will be available in the fall, she said, but in coming years, it could be as soon as the summer or even the end of the school year.

Erlichson started her presentation with a blunt assessment, dismissing the value of the state’s tests for the past decade -- both the NJASK for elementary and middle schools and the High School Proficiency Assessment for high schools -- as not being much value to the state’s teachers.

“NJASK and HSPA were not assessments that informed student learning,” she said. “It was ultimately not meaningful as a teacher tool or to help parents engage in student learning.”

The new reports, she said, would change that by furnishing detailed, user-friendly data about a student’s specific capabilities, such as vocabulary or reading and comprehending different kinds of texts. She said different reports available to schools would let them look at how students performed on individual questions.

The reports will look significantly different from the current one reports, with students split into five achievement categories -- ranging from “minimal” to “distinguished” -- rather than three.

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