EDISON, NJ – PARCC testing has begun in the Edison schools last week, starting with grades 3 through 8 with testing to begin on March 23 for the high schools.
The Edison Board of Education reaffirmed its established discipline and attendance policies but will not impose any disciplinary consequences on students whose parents refuse the test on behalf of their children during a board meeting in February.
On Monday, 175 parents had exercised the option to have their children not take the PARCC test. At one point there were over 5,000 students taking the PARCC test online according to school officials.
“I am pleased with the number of refusals in Edison,” Kelly Lubonski, parent said. “175 for 3rd through 8th grade is greater than 1/10 of 1% that was predicted by Commissioner Hespe. In fact, it is closer to 3%. I would love to see Edison hit the magic 5%."
The board also reaffirmed that PARCC scores will not be a factor in student placement in the Edison Public Schools in 2015-2016 school year, and all school board policies regarding student high school graduation for 2016, 2017 and 2018 be revised immediately to specifically authorize the use of Substitute Competency Test results as an exemption from the PARCC assessment such as the SAT or ACT in order to graduate.
“We (ETEA) are pleased that parents can make the best decision for their children with no disciplinary action.” said Jeffrey Bowden, Edison Township Education Association President.
The board directed the administration to minimize the impact of standardized student test scores on teacher and administrator evaluations to the greatest extent allowed by law.
“We (ETEA) are also pleased that the board has instructed the administration to minimize the PARCC scores on teacher evaluations, added Bowden. “We realize that is to the extent of the law.”