New bill would end PARCC testing in N.J.

Dec 8, 2015 by

TRENTON — A New Jersey lawmaker is calling for an end to controversial state exams that drew the ire of some parents and teachers.

State Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones (D-Camden) introduced a bill Dec. 3 that would require the state to abandon the math and English tests for grades 3-11, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams, after this school year.

The bill instructs the state Department of Education to develop and implement a new statewide assessment program that does not use material from the PARCC tests for the 2016-17 school year.

“We are losing valuable instruction time in favor of a test with questionable results,” Jones said. “Students of all academic abilities are struggling under the heavy burden of the current PARCC testing schedule and the adverse strain it places on their learning environment.”

Source: New bill would end PARCC testing in N.J. | NJ.com

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