By John Mooney

Despite some outbreaks of PARCC panic, Garden State finishes well ahead of most other states and their students

One of the original intentions when New Jersey joined PARCC five years ago was to give its schools a way to see how they and their students compared to peers in other PARCC states.

It didn’t quite work out that way. New Jersey last year was one of just a dozen states to participate in the Partnership to Assess Readiness for College and Careers test. Only six states are expected to be part of the online tests this year.

Still, New Jersey students — for all the PARCC-related angst and agita sweeping the state — did pretty well last year on a number of fronts, according to the latest data to come from the Christie administration.

For example, even with the state’s middling results overall, New Jersey students surpassed the averages for the 10 PARCC states last spring in most grades and subjects, according to the state.


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