PARCC Testing

April 24, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians of Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Students:

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) End-of-Year (EOY) test is quickly approaching!  The PARCC will be administered to all students in grades six, seven, and eight.  Below you will find a list of the specific dates that your student will be taking the Mathematics and English/Language Arts (ELA) assessments.  The ELA assessment will be given over a one day period and the Math assessment will be given online over a two day period.  The ELA assessment will be administered periods1-4 and the Mathematics assessment will be administered either in the morning or afternoon depending on when your student’s math class is scheduled.  Although students need no special preparation, they must be in school on time and ready to begin.  Testing will begin promptly at 8:15 a.m. on the designated dates.  The PARCC tests are very important and are designed to measure students’ knowledge and key 21st-century skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving.  More information about PARCC can be accessed at www.parcconline.org.

 Additionally, due to the security requirements outlined for schools administering the PARCC, it is necessary for us to require students to keep all electronic devices in their lockers during testing.  This includes cell phones, iPads, iPods, MP3 players, Kindles, and any other wireless communication devices. 

 Below you will find a list of test taking tips and the complete testing schedule. 

PARCC EOY Testing Schedule

Grade 6:           May 4 (ELA) May 7- May 12 (Math)

Grade 7:           May 4 (ELA) May 13 - May 18 (Math)

Grade 8:           May 4 (ELA) May 19 - May 22 (Math)

PARCC Make Up Dates:           May 26 - 29 (Math)

Successful Test Taking Tips

  1. Get a good night sleep before the test.
  2. Eat a healthy breakfast.
  3. Arrive to school on time.
  4. Bring 2, sharpened #2 pencils with erasers.
  5. Believe in yourself!
  6. Do your very best.
  7. Read all directions and questions carefully.
  8. Don’t rush!
  9. Check your answers.



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