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Parents Can Make Voice Heard on PARCC, Submit Testimony to Study Commission on NJ Student Assessments

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Scotch Plains-Fanwood Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes will answer parents' questions at a second forum on PARCC testing that is scheduled for Feb. 25. Credits: John Mooney
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TRENTON, NJ -- The NJ Assembly is considering legislation that would prohibit Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests from use in student honors placement for three years. Lawmakers are also considering a measure to prohibit school systems from giving standardized tests to students in kindergarten through second grade. Yesterday, the Assembly's Education Committee passed bills that address the PARCC exam implementation in the state.

The controversial PARCC exam was designed by Pearson, a for-profit corporation and was developed to assess students' math and English skills across different school districts and states. New Jersey is implementing the test to public school students in grades three to 11.

The SPFK-12 school district held a PTA forum on Tuesday, Feb. 10 to address parental concerns over implementation of the computerized PARCC testing next month. There will be a second opportunity on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. for parents to learn about PARCC from Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes and Asst. Superintendent Dr. Joan Mast at the Board of Ed offices at Evergreen Elementary School.

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Parents can make their views known to The Study Commission on the Use of Student Assessments in New Jersey, a nine-member body charged with presenting recommendations to Governor Chris Christie regarding the quality and effectiveness of student testing. The Commission will consider the input and then make recommendations on the volume, frequency and impact of student assessments throughout the state and on the Common Core state standards. Testimony can be submitted via email at studycommission@doe.state.nj.us or online at http://www.state.nj.us/education/studycommission/contact.shtml.

A public testimony session of the Study Commission has been scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at Camden County College. Members of the Commission are:

  • Chairman David C. Hespe, Acting Commissioner of Education
  • Dana Elizabeth Egreczky, Senior Vice President, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, Executive Director, New Jersey School Boards Association
  • Catherine M. Lindenbaum, Parent Association Representative
  • Dr. Marcia V. Lyles, Superintendent, Jersey City Public Schools
  • Nicole Moore, Principal, Shamong Township Schools
  • Matthew Stagliano, Educator, Camden County Technical Schools
  • Dr. Raymond A. Yannuzzi, President, Camden County College
  • Tracie Yostpille, Educator, Freehold Township Schools

Practice tests (by grade) for the PARCC exam are available online at http://parcconline.org/take-the-test.

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