|7-11-18 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Murphy Begins to Wind Down PARCC Testing in NJ Schools
Governor announces cuts in controversial program. But, having once promised to scrap it, he concedes it will take a while to replace it
As Gov. Phil Murphy promised, PARCC testing is on the way out for New Jersey schools. But what will replace it and how long that will take remain open questions.
John Mooney | July 11, 2018
Star Ledger--Big changes are coming for PARCC. What it means for students, teachers
New Jersey will begin its long breakup with the controversial PARCC tests by eliminating four exams, loosening graduation requirements and reducing the weight of the tests in teacher evaluations, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday.
The state will also cut down testing time for younger students and give schools more flexibility in testing first-year students learning English as their second language.
Adam Clark| Updated Jul 10, 6:13 PM; Posted Jul 10, 3:19 PM
Asbury Park Press--NJ schools are segregated, group says; fixing that would force big changes
In Freehold Borough's Park Avenue Elementary, desks are packed tightly by stacks of teacher supplies in plastic bins, with little room for students to move about the class. Makeshift classrooms fill the library, which was converted to accommodate the growing student population.
Amanda Oglesby, Asbury Park Press Published 5:00 a.m. ET July 11, 2018
Education Week--Controversial Discipline Program Not to Blame for Parkland School Shooting, Commission Finds
A controversial school discipline program adopted by the Broward County, Fla., district to reduce student arrests cannot be blamed for the shooting by a former student there, a state commission said Tuesday.
But the program does need to be improved, the commission said.
The PROMISE discipline program, created in 2013, required schools to refer students to an alternative disciplinary program instead of law enforcement for a list of non-violent offenses. Gunman Nikolas Cruz, charged with killing 17 people and injuring 17 others in a February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, was referred to the program for three days after he damaged a faucet in a school bathroom at Westglades Middle School, but it is not clear if he attended, the state commission learned.