PARCC Assessment

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states that collaboratively developed a common set of assessments to measure student achievement and preparedness for college and careers.

The PARCC assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and were created to measure students' ability to apply their knowledge of concepts rather than memorizing facts. The PARCC assessments require students to solve problems using mathematical reasoning and to be able to model mathematical principles. In English Language Arts (ELA), students will be required to closely read multiple passages and to write essay responses in literary analysis, research tasks and narrative tasks. The assessments will also provide teachers information on student progress to inform instruction and provide targeted student support
Content Area Credits and Additional Requirements
English Language Arts 20 Credits
15 credits including:
  • Algebra I or the content equivalent2
  • Geometry or the content equivalent2
  • Third year of math that builds on the concepts and skills of algebra and geometry and prepares students for college and 21st century careers
Science 15 credits with at least 5 credits in each:
  • Laboratory biology/life science or the content equivalent
  • Laboratory/inquiry-based science course (i.e., chemistry, environmental science, or physics)
  • Laboratory/inquiry-based science course
Social Studies 15 credits including:
  • 5 credits in world history
  • Integration of civics, economics, geography and global content in all course offerings
  • N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1 and 18A:35-2
Finance, Economic Business, and Entrepreneurial Business Literacy 2.5 credits
Health, Safety, and Physical Education 15 credits over four years including:
  • 3 ¾ credits in health, safety, and physical education during each year of enrollment, distributed as 150 minutes per week each year
  • N.J.S.A. 18A:35-518A:35-718A:35-8
Visual and Performing Arts 5 Credits
World Languages 5 credits
Technology  Integrated throughout all course
Career and Technical Education Will range from 10-20 credits per year
Total Credits (Minimum) 140


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