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On Monday, Governor Christie and Commissioner Hespe released preliminary NJ’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment data. While individual student scores will not be available until the start of school in September, we congratulate New Jersey’s students, their parents and teachers for the great progress they have made on the latest round of PARCC tests.

A powerful workforce begins with an outstanding education system. New Jersey has taken great steps to better prepare our students for the world of work and greater student achievement. The current standards and assessments, which emphasize critical thinking, are equipping students with the integral skills to perform well in entry-level jobs.

According to the Governor’s press release, “A higher percentage of students met or exceeded expectations in nearly all subjects and grade levels. Based on feedback from educators, a number of improvements were made in the second-year PARCC administration. Overall, the PARCC tests were 90 minutes shorter, there were fewer testing sessions, and two testing windows were reduced to just one. These modifications benefited students and teachers by reducing the amount of time spent on the statewide assessment”.

We also would like to thank to the Governor and Commissioner Hespe for staying the course and continuing to fight for high standards and a high quality assessment. It is clear from the increase in student participation, that parents and educators understand the PARCC’s value and its improvement from previous assessments.

For more information about the test and to understand individual scores, check out the links below:

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