BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Bernards Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Mount Prospect Elementary School at 111 Hansom Road in The Hills. The meeting was originally set for Monday night, but was rescheduled due to snow.
Meanwhile, an anticipated meeting with state education officials to discuss the district's concerns about the upcoming new PARCC tests, was off for this week.
Following a November presentation before the board on preparing for the state-imposed PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) tests, board members said they had hoped to hold a meeting at the state Education Commissioner's office as of the beginning of this week.
The meeting did not take place this week, and the state had not gotten back to the board as of Wednesday afternoon to set another date, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Sean Siet said at that time.
At several meetings, parents and some students have urged the board to voice objections to the state because of the amount of time that is scheduled to be devoted this spring for preparation and administration of the test to grades 3 to 11.
The test is computer based. The district spent about $600,000 to purchase Chromebooks on which students will take the test. In response to a question, Siet said at a previous meeting that the Chromebooks are also being used for other purposes in the school district, and that the technology replaces older computers.