Education

West Orange Board of Education Meeting Updates Community on PARCC Pilots

April 8, 2014 at 12:43 AM

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Dr. Donna Rando, assistant superintendent of the West Orange School district, provided an update on the pilot PARCC testing at Hazel (Grade 3), Roosevelt (Grade 7), and West Orange High School (Grade 9) that was administered in late March.  

As reported by The Alternative Press on March 31, issues continue to mount with PARCC, and it remains unclear if the testing, set to replace the NJ ASK, will be ready to roll out in 2015. While Gov. Chris Christie reamins adamant that  New Jersey be ready to test with PARCC in 2015, developers of the the test itself acknowledge that flaws emerging as the results come in from pilot schools, coupled with the number of states participating not yet aligned with the new common core standards, pose problems that may delay the PARCC debut.  

In addition, the fact that the PARCC is an online test for grades 3 through high school, raises concerns for districts' abilities to purchase enough computers, laptops, and tablets to accomodate testing, and provide enough computer training for students to take the test online.

Sign Up for E-News

Interim Superintendent James O'Neill noted that the number of participating states had dropped from 38 to 18 and that many parents have begun to 'keep their kids home' during state testing.

Approximately 80 school districts  were involved in the pilot testing, including West Orange.

Dr. Rando said that the three schools took "performance-based assessments" that included some writing. Although the tests were given to general education students, as asked by PARCC, special education students would be able to have additional time to complete the test.

In May, the second part of the PARCC pilot  will have students in Hazel, Mt. Pleasant (grade 5), and the high school (grade 10) take a series of EOY (End of Year) tests that will be multiple choice.

According to Rando, overall, the West Orange students and the school district had the resources (computers, etc.) available to test with and enough ability to take the tests, but that the issues came from errors and flaws with the PARCC itself, including errors in directions, prompts, and instructions.

Rando recommended a website: http://testingtalk.org for parents to get an idea of the feedback coming in from pilot school districts.

In other news, Interim Superintendent O'Neill noted that the district will be holding its Bus Evacuation Drills this week, and reminded parents that next week, students will have no school April 14 and 15 for Spring Break, but will now have school April 16 and 17 to make up for snow days; and students will have no school on April 18 for Good Friday.

The next board meeting will be held on April 28, where the 2014-2015 school budget will be presented.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

I-280 Traffic Shift Necessary This Weekend for Bridge Replacement Project

January 20, 2017

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials this week announced a long-term traffic shift on I-280 eastbound starting this weekend to allow for bridge replacement work, as the I-280 and Route 21 Interchange Improvements Project advances in Essex County.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, until 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_39f41190bb6dffdc4f57_meadowbrook_open_house

Sun, January 22, 11:00 AM

Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Long Valley

Meadowbrook Country Day Camp Open House January ...

Education Sports

Carousel_image_0cebd162cc2d40edab37_screen_shot_2017-01-05_at_2.25.40_pm

Mon, January 23, 6:30 PM

West Orange Public Library, West Orange

West Orange Preschool Fair

Education

Carousel_image_f88e1e157ea7ade2425b_mini_magick20170115-8047-1b287c8

Mon, January 23, 6:30 PM

West Orange Public Library, West Orange

West Orange Preschool Fair 1/23

Community Calendar Education

Women's March on Washington: Why, and Why Now

January 19, 2017

As Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, a number of groups are planning various events and rallies – perhaps most notably, the Women’s March on Washington. I have read a number of opinion pieces and spoken to many people about the March, and several questions and criticisms seem to consistently arise. I would like to address some two of the major themes.

(Q) The election ...

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Offers Summer Internships for High School Juniors

January 10, 2017

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray announced this week that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office (ECPO) is seeking high school juniors to participate in the ECPO’s annual summer internship program.

The five-week program is designed to expose high school students to careers in law, law enforcement and government. The summer internship program will ...

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Shayne Apple on Guitar

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight Shayne Apple, a fifth grader at Riker Hill Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Shayne also plays trombone in the school band and participates in the school choir. According to his mother, Sharon, Shayne was inspired to pick up guitar not long after his father decided to learn the same ...

Man vs. Waze

A lot of strange cars are traveling through my quiet neighborhood these days.  They are not driven by my neighbors.  Some mornings I even have trouble getting out of my driveway.  

Waze.

Ever since bridge repair closed a major thoroughfare near my house, the traffic on my sleepy street has increased dramatically.  And it is not by accident that commuters have figured out ...