April 3 PARCC Letter From Mr. Carey


Achieving Excellence Together!


April 3, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:

During the last two weeks of April, Auten Road Intermediate School will be administering the State of New Jersey standardized assessment for fifth and sixth grade.  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 statewide standardized assessment tool.  The PARCC assessments are computer based and aligned to the New Jersey and Common Core State Standards.  ARIS students will take the PARCC assessments in English-Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.  

There are many important reasons why students should take these assessments, and take them seriously, doing their best to demonstrate their current progress in meeting the standards and skills set by the state of New Jersey and our local Hillsborough Board of Education for all students.  Individual score reports can provide detailed analysis of each student’s academic strengths and areas for growth in these core disciplines and help students, parents, and teachers make informed decisions regarding academic programs to best meet individual needs.  


The PARCC Assessments for grades 5 and 6 will take place at ARIS between 9:15 a.m. through approximately 11:15 a.m. (end times will vary) according to the schedule below.  Please note, additional testing time will be allocated each day to allow for students to settle in their testing rooms, provide for distribution and collection of materials, reading of directions, etc.  This year’s schedule is as follows:

April 18 English / Language Arts  (Grade 5 - 90 min / Grade 6 - 110 min)

April 19 English / Language Arts  (Grade 5 - 90 min / Grade 6 - 110 min)

April 20 English / Language Arts (Grade 5 & 6 - 90 min)

April 21 Mathematics (Grade 5 - 60 min / Grade 6 - 80 min)

April 24 Mathematics (Grade 5 - 60 min / Grade 6 - 80 min)

April 25 Mathematics (Grade 5 - 60 min / Grade 6 - 80 min)

April 26 Mathematics (GRADE 5 ONLY - 60 Minutes)


Fully Charged Chromebook (student responsibility):

The PARCC assessments are entirely computer-based.  Students will therefore complete the tasks online using their school-issued Chromebooks.  It will be critical that each student come to school prepared with his or her Chromebook fully charged and ready to go each day during the week of testing.  

Computer Mouse (strongly recommended):

Although the student Chromebooks are equipped with a touch pad and touch screen, it is strongly recommended that students have a computer mouse with them in the event of a technical glitch involving the touch pad/touch screen.  


Wired Earbuds/Headphones (student responsibility):

Some of the literary elements on the PARCC assessments may include video components.  For this reason, students are required to have a set of wired earbuds or headphones that can function with their Chromebooks.  All students should already have a personal set of earbuds/headphones for school as part of their regular set of school supplies given their work with Chromebooks in school as part of their normal routine.  Please make certain that your child has functional earbuds for use in school during our testing week.

Reading Material (recommended):

Students who finish early and have logged-out of the test are only permitted to have access to a school-appropriate, recreational book to read while others in the room are still testing.  No electronic devices (i.e. e-readers) are permitted to be in use by anyone in the classroom while testing is in session.  

Pencil/Paper (provided by school):

All students will receive a pencil and scratch paper for use during the tests.  Students may use pencil and scratch paper for brainstorming, drafting, note-taking, or calculations, but all final answers must be recorded online via the Chromebook.


  • Charge your chromebook each night before testing

  • Get lots of rest

  • Eat a healthy breakfast

  • Wear comfortable clothes

  • Try your very best to be on time to school and to be present on testing days.

  • Stay positive and persevere!  You are ready to shine and do your best!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.  



Christopher Carey


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