The State of New Jersey is a member of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and has adopted the PARCC assessments as its new statewide standardized assessment tool.
The PARCC assessments are computer based and aligned to the Common Core State Standards. They have replaced the NJASK in grades 3-8 and HSPA for grades 9-11 in high school. HMS students in grades 7-8 will take the PARCC assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.
The English Language Arts assessments focus on reading critically across a range of texts; writing effectively when analyzing text; and building and presenting knowledge through research and the integration of ideas.
The Mathematics assessments focus on conceptual understanding and application of math content, expressing mathematical reasoning and modeling real-world problems. While the English Language Arts assessments are grade-level specific, the Mathematics assessments include grade-level and subject-specific assessments. Some students may take Math-7 or Math-8 where others may take the Algebra I or Geometry assessments depending on the course in which they are currently enrolled.