Hopewell Valley Finds Silver Lining to PARCC

New Jersey’s introduction of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test two years ago resulted in a strong response that included parents who refused to allow their children to take the exam and vociferous criticism by many educators.

On Monday night, Hopewell Valley Regional School District Assistant Superintendent, Christine Laquidara, presented a silver lining after reporting 2015-2016 year test results. “We’ve gotten better data in the past two years than we’ve ever received with NJASK and that has really helped us take a look at our alignment to curriculum, our best practices, and to our instruction. It’s my hope that we get more students to take the PARCC next year because it really does help us,” said Laquidara.

“Supervisors and principals can sit with the teachers by grade level and department and actually look at specific results to see if there are any gaps in our curriculum or instruction,” she explained. “Each department is in the process of analyzing these results, not to better to teach to the PARCC test, but to look at areas that need to be dug deeper into by teachers.”

“While we do just report on the state and national tests that we take, I want to remind the public that it’s still our mission to teach the whole child. We do this by providing a comprehensive, caring, educational experience that spans beyond academics to athletics, performing arts, and extracurricular activities so that we don’t define our students solely on how they do on tests,” said Laquidara.

To see the district’s published “Annual Report on District Progress for School Year 2015-2016” click here.

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  1. So many tests,
    so little time.

    What motivated the Hopewell Elementary School parents to pull out of the test,
    as opposed to parents of other elementary schools in the same district?

    1.HES parents do not care about education?
    2.HES parents are afraid to put their children through the stress?
    3.HES parents believe children should play more?

    I hope it’s #3.

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