Board of Education Yanks PAARC Test Vote from Agenda

The State Board of Education this morning pulled PAARC testing from its agenda, delaying a critical policy priority for Governor Phil Murphy.

They didn’t have the votes, a source told InsiderNJ.

With DOE Commissioner Lamont Repollet at his side this past summer, Murphy said he wants to reduce the length of PAARC testing to 25 percent and the amount of tests reduced from six to two.

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Shelley Skinner, Executive Director for Better Education for Kids, issued the following statement today regarding the New Jersey State Board of Education’s vote on the proposed regulation changes to the statewide assessment system.
“We applaud the State Board of Education’s decision to continue the discussion on the proposed changes to our state assessment system and graduation requirements. Today’s decision signals that we refuse to give up on our children and will continue to demand academic rigor and success until the day they graduate high school. We are pleased the Board did not allow anecdotal evidence to be the basis of our State’s education policymaking, nor accept that it is too difficult to improve learning outcomes after 8th grade. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the State Board of Education and the Department of Education as they work to set high standards and an assessment aligned to it to ensure we are preparing all New Jersey children for college or the workforce.” 
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