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High School Graduation Requirement Update
Click here to review the most recent updates to high school graduation requirements for New Jersey public school students. Glen Rock Public Schools families received a letter from the Guidance Director on this important topic March 30, 2016; the below post is from that correspondence:
As you may be aware, there has been recent communication from the New Jersey Department of Education regarding proposed changes or amendments to the high school graduation requirements for students in the Classes of 2020 and 2021.
New Jersey Administrative Code has long held a successful performance on a statewide assessment as a part of these high school graduation requirements. These assessments began as the Minimum Basic Skills Test and have moved through the High School Proficiency Test to the High School Proficiency Assessment and, now, to PARCC.
Each time a new test has been implemented, there has been a "phasing-in" of requirements to allow districts to adapt their respective curricula to conform to the necessary skills embedded in that test. This same "phasing-in" has occurred with the requirements for PARCC. In an earlier communication from the State DOE, which is now posted on the High School Guidance website, the PARCC requirements for the Classes of 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, are indicated as one of a series of options for fulfilling the state assessment requirement. Each of these options has a passing score associated with it in each of the tested subject areas. In the event that a student could not meet any of the requisite scores, there was also the option of submitting a comprehensive portfolio of the student's cumulative work in each tested subject area. This would allow the State to assess the student's knowledge and abilities in a different way, and to determine if the student met the necessary level of competence for graduation. This week, the district received an updated communication from the State DOE (attached to this email). This communication not only reiterates the requirements for the Class of 2016, but also updates the requirements for the Classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019 (omitting the scores for the various standardized tests until new passing scores can be established). In addition, the communication discusses PROPOSED changes to the requirements for the Classes of 2020 and 2021. These PROPOSED changes for the Class of 2020 would permit students to demonstrate graduation proficiency through the same alternative means as those in the classes of 2016 through 2019, provided that students in the Class of 2020 take all PARCC assessments for which they are eligible as of the effective date of the proposed amendments. For the Class of 2021 and thereafter, the PROPOSED changes would allow those students who have not demonstrated proficiency on English Language Arts and Mathematics through the PARCC assessments by their senior year to demonstrate their readiness for graduation through the aforementioned portfolio appeals process. As indicated, these changes are only proposed; no final decision has been made, and no directive regarding updating our requirements has been issued. The information is for our review and comment, as the State DOE often seeks input from districts prior to making their final decision. Please know that the Glen Rock Public Schools are committed to keeping you informed and up-to-date on any information that affects our most important constituents: your children. As further information becomes available, we will certainly be sharing it with all stakeholders, and at the earliest possible convenience. If you have any questions regarding your child's graduation requirements, please be sure to contact their guidance counselor.
PARCC Parent Letter
Click here to read the Superintendent's letter regarding the 2016 PARCC Assessments and the district's NJDOE required Corrective Action Plans regarding PARCC participation.
"How Different Can a Test Be?"
Click here to view a YouTube educational webinar about state assessments created by the New Jersey PTA and NJ Chamber of Commerce.
District Goals Update
Click here to review the Superintendent's presentation on the progress toward accomplishing the 2015 -16 District Goals.
Glen Rock District report on testing SY 2014-15
At the Dec. 21 Glen Rock Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Paula Valenti, Director of Student Personnel Services Lawrence Wolff and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Kathleen Regan presented a report on the district's testing performance on PARCC, SAT and ACT for the 2014-15 school year.
Please click here to review the Comprehensive Testing Report.
See Something Say Something Campaign
The Department of Homeland Security has launched a nation-wide campaign: See Something Say Something. Click here to watch a 90 second video about this initiative.
PARCC Parent Guide to the Score Report
Click here to view a video about the 2014-15 PARCC student score report.
Dr. Paula Valenti enjoys sharing lunch and good conversation with fifth grade students at Clara E. Coleman Elementary School during Coleman Cafe. During the event, Principal Dawn Cappadona reminded the students that they represent the class that began this program when they were first graders.
Emergency Preparedness APP for Children
Go to www.pseg.com/sesamestreet to download the PSEG and Sesame Street “Let’s Get Ready!” emergency preparedness app for young children.
Families are encouraged to visit: http://www.ready.gov/kit for important information regarding emergency preparedness.
District Convocation, Sept. 1, 2015
Dr. Paula Valenti delivered her state-of-the-district speech at the Glen Rock Public Schools convocation on September 1, 2015. Please click here to view a copy of the speech.
Super sessions are meetings open to the Glen Rock community who are interested to discuss areas of educational interest/concern with the superintendent. The 2015 -16 dates, times and locations for the sessions are listed below:
November 12th 9:30 am – 11:30 am – GR Public Library lower level meeting room
November 12th 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Supt. Conference Room Central Office
January 13th 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Supt. Conference Room Central Office
January 13th 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – GR Public Library lower level meeting room
April 19th 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Supt Conference Room Central Office
April 19th 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Supt Conference Room Central Office
Checklist for Student Success
Click here to read a newly released parent checklist from the US Department of Education. Family and community engagement is critical in helping to raise student achievement.
Click here for a recent publication from the US Department of Education regarding homework in America's public schools and how parents can partner with schools to further student achievement..
Revised PARCC Testing Times 2015 - 2016
District Technology Plan
Click here to review the Technology Plan recently presented and adopted June 8, 2015 by the Glen Rock Board of Education.