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Standardized Testing

Teaching and Learning Column

By Andrew Matteo, Director of Curriculum


As required by the New Jersey Department of Education, I reported the results of the statewide standardized assessments to the Board of Education at the meeting held on Monday, September 24. Individual Student Reports for the Spring 2018 PARCC are being mailed home from each district school on Friday, September 28.

While evaluating the results from standardized testing can be a helpful tool in measuring a school and district's success, it is important to remember that it is just one of the many ways our district is determining whether we our achieving excellence.  Other data points include benchmark assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics for K-8, K-12 report cards, as well as stakeholder feedback from surveys and other methods.   Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't reiterate that it is difficult, if not impossible, for a standardized test to measure the competencies we have prioritized as a district in the Profile of a Ramsey Graduate.  We are developing rubrics and other instruments to help us measure these competencies and we are excited to add that dimension to our assessment toolkit.

With all that being said, as a district we do very well on these standardized tests and I would like to add some of the highlights:

  • PARCC - Ramsey students significantly outperformed the state in both ELA and Math at all grades/courses except Grade 11 ELA*
  • PARCC ELA - Passing rate has increased from 73 to 79% over 4 years
  • PARCC ELA - Exceeding Expectations (Level 5) has increased from 21 to 29% over 4 years
  • PARCC Math - Passing rate has increased from 60 to 65% over 4 years
  • PARCC Math - Exceeding Expectations (Level 5) has doubled over 4 years
  • SAT - Overall mean scored increased 32 points from 2017 to 2018
  • AP - 90% of the 195 students who took an AP exam scored 3 or higher
  • AP - For the current year there are 233 students enrolled in AP courses for a total of 524 tests.   These are both all-time highs at Ramsey High School.

*due to the low number of test-takers in Ramsey