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New Jersey Educators’ Ultimate Guide to Prepare for PARCC Testing

New Jersey Educators’ Ultimate Guide to Prepare for PARCC Testing

New Jersey’s spring testing window begins April 8—are you and your students ready? Between making sure that you are staying on pace with curriculum guides, practicing test-taking procedures and strategies, and providing the targeted preparation and reinforcement individual students need, spring testing season can quickly begin to feel overwhelming for educators. The good news is that a little research and planning can go a long way toward ensuring that you’re able to provide the support students need to be successful on their assessments. We’ve gathered all of the most useful, detailed, and relevant resources to help you put an outstanding test-preparation program into action.

Resources from the PARCC Assessments to Get You Started:

Test-Preparation Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices for Classroom Teachers

PARCC assessment prep doesn’t have to dominate your classroom agenda this spring. By getting started early, utilizing formative assessment strategies, and making the most of practice testing, teachers in the classroom can provide students with individualized support without sacrificing time from the standard curriculum (and of course, some fun!). Check out these resources to get started.

[NWEA MAP Growth Assessments] Answering "What's Next with Your Data?"  

The NWEA™ MAP® Growth™ benchmark assessment is one tool that can offer New Jersey educators outstanding insights into student progress and needs to support targeted instruction. But, once the test has been administered and RIT scores received, the data must be put to use for those truly meaningful insights to be uncovered—and that can be a daunting process. Edmentum’s programs can turn those scores into actionable, individualized learning plans for each of your students.

5 Proven Ways to Get the Most Out of Practice Testing

The old adage “practice makes perfect” is a familiar turn of phrase for a reason. Ensure that you’re getting the most out of every minute your students are spending on practice testing.

3 Ways Online Practice Can Support Your Test-Prep Program 

As you are considering different options to ensure that your students have achieved standards proficiency, it’s critical that you have a program that’s aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Consider this and other benefits of using an online program.

4 Best Practices to Use Midyear Benchmark Assessment Data

Like any assessment, midyear benchmarks are only as valuable as the strategies you employ using the data. Here are four ways to make these assessments a truly valuable exercise for you and your students.

Marzano-Validated Best Practices for Online Practice

The Edmentum research team was honored to have Marzano Research peer review a research project that we conducted for our classroom practice and assessment program, Study Island. Through that review, Marzano confirmed our findings about the effectiveness of Study Island, and we also uncovered four best practices to help students get the most out of online practice.

General Test-Prep and Test-Taking Tips for Educators

No matter the exact situation, testing is a stressful process. But, successful test taking, beyond content knowledge, is also a skill that can be taught, acquired, and mastered. Here are some of our best resources on general test prep and test taking to help the testing process go smoothly at your school.

10 Classroom and School Tips to Improve Test Scores

Helping New Jersey students achieve PARCC assessment success is about much more than targeted practice in the classroom. Check out these 10 holistic tips to make sure that your students are ready for their assessments in all ways.

8 Last-Minute Steps Districts Can Take to Improve Test Scores

Administrators may not feel like they have a direct hand in making sure that students are well-prepared for the PARCC assessments but, there is no shortage of steps administrators can take to ensure that their teachers and students have what they need for a successful testing season—even when it comes down to the wire.

6 Tips for Teachers to Help Students Manage Stress

Testing season inevitably means classroom stress will hit a new high. So, how can you keep anxiety levels in check and help your students stay cool, calm, and collected when test day rolls around? Here are six tips for a low(er) stress testing season:

8 Tips for Parents to Help Your Child Prepare for High-Stakes Tests

Parents and other caregivers are critical to every student’s education journey. So, get them involved in the preparation process! Share these eight simple tips with parents to help them support their learners on testing days.

Ready to take your PARCC assessment–preparation program to the next level? Check out Study Island, Edmentum’s online solution for classroom practice and assessment, and our extensive library of programs designed exclusively for New Jersey educators and students. You can even start your FREE trial of Study Island today!

And, for more resources for exceptional New Jersey educators like yourself, check out the Edmentum Blog for stories of success and support for all New Jersey students.

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