Bucking a trend seen in numerous school districts across the state, three of the four high schools that educate island teens had a majority of students take last year standardized PARCC test.
PARCC – short for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers – was controversial during the 2014-15 school year, the first time the tests were administered. New Jersey, in particular, became infamous for a trend of “opt-outs.” While Brick Township High School had a majority of students skip the exams, Point Pleasant Beach, Toms River High School East and Central Regional High School all had a strong majority of students participate. The tests were administered to freshmen, sophomores and juniors, the results of which were released in performance reports issued by the state last Friday.
At Point Pleasant Beach High School, 93.8 percent of students took the Language Arts section of the test and 89.9 percent took the math section; at Toms River East, 77.4 percent took Language Arts and 77.5 took math; at Central Regional, 68.8 percent took language arts and 71.2 percent took math.