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School PARCC Testing Dead? Governor-Elect Murphy Calls for Change

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BAYONNE, N.J. — He called for its end during his campaign and now that he's in office, Governor Phil  Murphy places PARCC testing for students on the ropes for real.

Last week, after the Governor announced that Asbury Park School District Superintendent Lamont Repollet will lead the State Education Department, he pivoted to PARCC testing.

Murphy said: “We are asking Dr. Repollet to end the failed experiment that has been PARCC testing and create new, more effective and less class time-intrusive means for measuring student assessment."

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The end of the standardized Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test in New Jersey is not a new concept. However, the imminent demise in the Governor's forecast will certainly create waves of conversation throughout the state education circles.

Based on the Murphy's comments, scrapping of the entire program appears likely. PARCC assessments started in the 2014-15 year and were a source of consternation ever since. Murphy had called for shorter tests with a greater level of teacher feedback to students. There was no clarity in what might replace PARCC testing, if anything.

Murphy was sworn in on Tuesday. 

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