What is PARCC?

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. For more information, see the official links below.
PARCC Website
PARCC Parent Resources
NJ Department of Education Learn about PARCC
NJ Department of Education PARCC Parent Resources

This year, CTSD will be administrating the PARCC test to Grades 3 through 8. All testing begins in the morning. Make-up testing may take place in the morning or afternoon. PARCC Testing will take place on the following dates:

April 3rd through April 13th 3rd and 4th grade testing

April 24th through May 9th 5th through 8th grade testing

The following dates are exceptions:

- April 14th (Good Friday, No School)

- April 27th (Take Your Child to Work Day)

- May 5th (Music in the Parks)

Please see the following document for Testing Times and Units:
PARCC 2017.pdf

(1st and 2nd Grades do not take the PARCC.)

What can my student prepare to take the PARCC assessment?
As the PARCC assessment is done online and requires typewritten responses (including written responses to math questions) students should hone their keyboarding skills. Some free, online, typing practice resources can be found at the ABCya! site ( or (

NJ School Boards Association: Frequently Asked Questions – PARCC
Your Local School Board, Your Students, and PARCC FAQ (PDF)

PARCC Individual Student Report Guides

PARCC Results