New Jersey’s Community Colleges Support PARCC
August 2, 2016—Today, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges, released the following statement regarding New Jersey’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments:
“Based on the second year administration of PARCC assessments, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges is pleased that student performance trends are improving, with more students scoring high in the 4s and 5s in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, while students scoring low in the 1s and 2s are down.
“Also, significantly more students are participating in PARCC assessments, as parents and teachers are realizing the valuable information about academic strengths and challenges PARCC score reports provide.
“PARCC assessments are working in the ways hoped for. The New Jersey Department of Education is able to provide rich data to schools and parents. Teachers and parents have individual student data, and they are using those data to redesign and improve curricula.
“The PARCC score reports are such a valuable tool that New Jersey’s community colleges are using them as one of their placement tools in addition to Accuplacer, the SAT and the ACT, among other measures. Specifically, students who choose to attend community colleges and score 4 or 5 on PARCC will be placed into college-level courses. For students who score in the 3 range on PARCC, the community colleges may accept the score as long as the students have demonstrated other indicators of readiness, such as having earned a good grade point average.
“Many of New Jersey’s students have their sights set on attending college—and for good reason. Economic demand is urging more students into college classrooms in hopes of securing a better future for themselves and their families. According to research from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school. We see the PARCC assessments as a crucial tool in helping parents and teachers prepare students for both college and careers.”
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.