Pressure is mounting for the New Jersey Department of Education to reverse its decision to use the controversial national PARCC test as a graduation requirement for the class of 2016.
Stan Karp, director of the Secondary Reform Project of the Newark-based Education Law Center, has called on lawmakers to take action and pressure the DOE to allow this year’s senior class to graduate without having to pass a standardized test.
Nearly 55,000 of the 95,000 12th graders are affected because they did not take or did not pass the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers language arts test that they took as juniors, Karp told the Joint Committee on the Public Schools at a hearing in Trenton on Tuesday. He called the department’s decision to make passing PARCC a graduation requirement both illegal and unfair.
School districts are also starting to weigh in on the issue, with at least three passing resolutions regarding PARCC already.
Read the full story from Colleen O’Dea at NJ Spotlight here.http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/03/15/parcc-graduation-requirement-is-illegal-argue-education-advocates/