New Jersey Announces First Steps Away From PARCC

The New Jersey Department of Education announced the first steps to transition away from using PARCC as the state’s annual assessment required under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Governor Phil Murphey (D-NJ) said in January that it was time for the state to get rid of PARCC.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) held a two-month, 21-county tour to collect recommendations from a reported 2,300 students, teachers, school administrators, education advocates, and community leaders.


“Because of a focused, concentrated effort to reach out to New Jersey residents and to give them a voice at the table, we are on a clear path away from PARCC,” Murphy said in a released statement. “By making the transition in phases, we can ensure a smooth implementation in schools across the state and maintain compliance with current state and federal requirements.”

“A stronger, fairer New Jersey means one that prioritizes outreach and collaboration when making policy decisions,” said Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet in a statement for the NJDOE press release. “My staff and I went on a listening tour across the state to ensure that we understood the scope of interest, and we moved forward having considered the needs of students, educators, and broader community members in building the next generation assessment system by New Jersey, for New Jersey.”

NJDOE says the transition will occur over multiple stages, and PARCC will not be fully replaced until the 2020-2021 school year.

NJDOE, upon New Jersey State Board approval, plans to reduce the number of required tests for graduation from high school from six to two. They also plan to provide flexibility for first-year English learners on the English language proficiency test. They also plan to ensure that educators and parents receive test data in a timely manner. Currently, that data is not provided until after the school year ends.

They also plan to immediately reduce the length of testing for all grades by 25 percent and reduce the weight of the assessment on teacher evaluations.

Parental opt-outs were not addressed.

You can read the report and draft regulations. NJDOE says they will start the second phase of assessment outreach this summer that will continue through the 2018-2019 school year that will focus on the “more complicated questions and issues” addressed during their tour.

4 thoughts on “New Jersey Announces First Steps Away From PARCC

  1. The state of MD will follow. The problem is that there will still be assessments and they will still lead back to PARCC/Pearson. New Meridian is the new manager(?) of PARCC. MD is looking to use New Meridian for their next set of computer adaptive tests. The relationship of New Meridian and PARCC is incestuous. It will be no different than the states declaring that they have gotten rid of Common Core only for parents and teachers to realize that they just gave CC a different name and didn’t do a darn thing to change the crummy “standards”.

  2. Every state that has divorced itself from PARCC and SBAC finds the new vendor closely associated with PARCC or SBAC. TN is a good example of this. This is the equivalent of rebranding the standards. The states just go out and get a new company with a new title but in the background is PARCC or SBAC. The agenda was signed, sealed and delivered and there is no diverting from the agenda unless the Governors are willing to tell DC to take ESSA and shove it. The states are now just 50 branches of the federal government and they take their orders from DC. It is time for the parents to take control. Time to STARVE THE BEAST because it is the only solution at this point. They will lie and deceive until it is too late for parents to stop it. But without our kids this mess will implode.

    1. I should just start including this as a disclaimer every time I report about news related to dropping assessments and changing standards.

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