(CNBNewsnet)(November 29, 2016)--Figures released by the U.S. department of education reveal that schools in the South Jersey area are not up to standard and some work will have to be done to help them reach the required bar on the new PARCC state tests.
The figures show that students in poorer areas of South Jersey are falling behind in the PARCC tests. In the more affluent areas, such as Long Island Beach, 75 per cent of children in the fourth-grade passed their English test, whereas the state average was 54 per cent. Poorer areas such as Bridgeton and Egg Harbor City fared less well, with less than 20 per cent of children achieving the required score.
Link between Federal Free Meal Program and Poor PARCC Scores
Experts say there is a clear link between kids that qualify for the federal free meal program and lower scores. Kids from poorer families are less likely to receive parental help with schoolwork, so teachers need to step up and help these students meet the required educational standards.
Education Programs being put in Place
In poorer communities, programs are in place to help provide vital classroom technology and teachers from all areas are sharing teaching practices to ensure students have an equal chance of success. Because the PARCC system is still in its infancy, many students are fearful of formal assessment, but this anxiety will pass when tests become a commonplace feature of the school system. It is likely that students will be able to retake the tests; logistics are being put in place to allow this to happen.
PARCC tests are an Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The test comprises of a series of K-12 assessments in math and English language, which uses the Common Core State Standards as its baseline. Independent studies have found that the PARCC tests test the most important skills a student needs, so if they are below standard in their PARCC test results, they will struggle with a college education or making a meaningful career choice. In the case of high school students, kids who don’t meet the required standards in Algebra I and English Language Arts grade 10 will not be able to graduate from 2020 onwards. The PARCC tests were adopted in 2010 and 2011 and are now used to test children in grades 3-8, as well as kids at high school.
Education Means a Brighter Future
Education is the pathway out of poverty for many kids. Figures show that a college education leads to better-paid jobs and greater employability, so it is vital that kids meet the required educational targets for college. Kids who go on to pursue an online EDD program from Maryville University are much better placed to enjoy a lucrative career than kids who don’t study for a higher education leadership degree.
Kids are the future of this country, so it is essential that children from poor backgrounds be given the same chances as those from families that are more affluent. The state education department will be reviewing data from the PARCC tests to ensure this happens.