- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Education Commissioner David Hespe told a group of educators Friday that teachers and schools shouldn’t be blamed for recent test scores that show most students failed to meet grade-level expectations.

Speaking at the New Jersey Education Association’s annual convention in Atlantic City, Hespe said that the results of the Common Core-aligned PARCC test released last month should be considered a starting point.

“This is not a moment in time to criticize our students, it’s not a moment in time to criticize our schools, it’s not a moment in time to criticize our educators,” Hespe said, according to NJ.com (https://bit.ly/1QjLjCO). “It’s not a time for finger pointing. It’s a time for getting the job done.”

The NJEA wants the state to abandon the computerized math and English tests for third- through 11th-graders.

The test scores released Oct. 20 show that less than half of New Jersey’s public high school juniors are ready for college. The test was given for the first time last year in 11 states in an effort to measure how students are measuring up to the nationwide Common Core curriculum standards. Students in grades three through 11 took the exam last spring.

One major finding was that 44 percent of New Jersey 11th-graders were deemed to be college-ready. That figure wasn’t a surprise: It’s about the same that the SAT and other standardized tests have found in recent years.

In general, younger students did better at meeting the standards. That could be the Common Core standards have been in place for all or most of their school years.

Hespe says PARCC has been shown to be a useful tool so far.

“We could start over from scratch tomorrow and say, ‘All right, we want a next generation test,’” Hespe said. “We would probably end up with a test that looked very similar to PARCC.”

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Information from: NJ Advance Media.


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