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Latest PARCC Results Released, But Fate of Tests After Elections Is Murky

Most recent scores show gains statewide, but proficiency levels in math and language arts don’t break 60 percent of test takers

Kimberley Harrington
Kimberley Harrington, New Jersey's commissioner of education

The fate of the PARCC tests in New Jersey is still unknown, the Christie administration yesterday released the latest test results for every district and school.

Follow this link to see your district and school results.

For the administration, it was largely good news, as officials highlighted the statewide gains in the third year of the testing that has roiled the state. An additional 88,000 were meeting the proficiency scores in language arts, and another 70,000 in math.

Follow this link to see the district passing rates.

“Students, families, educators, and district and school leaders should be applauded for the exceptional work they did in achieving this impressive academic growth,” said state Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington.  

But the gaps remained deep and wide, and even improvements needed to put into context. 

For instance, in no grade did proficiency levels statewide hit 60 percent in either math or language arts. They dropped as low as 28 percent in math in 8th grade statewide.

Some of the blame has been put on a new and more rigorous test that students — and teachers — are still adjusting to. Yet others say PARCC is a truer measure of competency for schools to meet. 

Either way, the future of the testing remains a question mark going forward. The online tests are to be administered in this school year, but the Democratic frontrunner for the governor, Phil Murphy, has said he would scrap the new testing if elected.

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