For your information and in compliance with New Jersey law, we have provided a schedule of all commercially-developed standardized assessments administered this year in the Princeton Public Schools. With the exception of the assessments marked with a double asterisk (**), all of the assessments are district-wide but not state-mandated.
Most of the district's assessments at the elementary level are very short, formative assessments, which means they are primarily used to monitor student progress, identify individual students' learning needs and help educators refine instruction. Information gathered in those formative assessments is maintained by classroom teachers. We encourage you to discuss this information with your child's teacher directly during parent-teacher conferences and throughout the school year.
At all grade levels, the assessments marked with a double asterisk (**), such as the PARCC tests, are state-mandated. We have attempted to develop a streamlined testing schedule for the administration of the PARCC tests, in order to minimize disruption to our instructional programs. More information about the state-mandated PARCC tests and its administration will be sent home to families and posted on the district's website in the coming months. PARCC test results are mailed to parents shortly after the district receives them from the New Jersey Department of Education. For the 2017 assessment, we anticipate receiving the results by September of the following school year.
(posted October 1, 2016, and updated November 7, 2016)