10-4-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--PARCC Peace Breaks Out: Compromise Is Reached on High School Testing

Commissioner Repollet and State Board of Education agree on fewer tests, more flexibility. Questions remain

The Murphy administration and the State Board of Education reached a compromise on the future of high school testing in New Jersey that will mean a couple of fewer tests going forward and more flexibility on what counts toward graduation.


John Mooney | October 4, 2018



New State Funding for Autism Center to Boost Research and Treatment

Aim is also to improve services for the thousands of New Jersey residents who have some form of the disorder

The site of the highest rate of childhood autism nationwide, New Jersey will also now be home to a center dedicated to improving research, treatment, and services for the tens of thousands of residents living with some form of the disorder.


Lilo H. Stainton | October 4, 2018



NJ Spotlight--Murphy Announces Grants to Gear Up Schools for Science and Tech

School districts have until October 25 to apply for program that’s aimed at bringing computer science, other advanced courses to high schools


 NJTV News Online | October 4, 2018


Star Ledger--These PARCC tests were just spared a death sentence

The most controversial standardized test in New Jersey history is now becoming the most difficult one to kill. 

Gov. Phil Murphy's proposal to eliminate four of the six PARCC exams for high school students never made it to a vote before the state Board of Education on Wednesday.

Instead, the board revised Murphy's plan and granted preliminary approval to end just one exam, the 11th grade English test, although many students will now take two fewer tests. 


Adam Clark| Updated Oct 3, 9:47 PM; Posted Oct 3, 4:38 PM



Star Ledger--This N.J. teacher just won the state's top teaching award

Jennifer Skomial she spends her days teaching high school students how to become teachers. Now, she's New Jersey's state Teacher of the Year. 


Adam Clark| Updated Oct 3, 12:29 PM; Posted Oct 3, 12:29 PM



Washington Post--Education Department rolls out new federal student app

WASHINGTON — The Education Department is unveiling a mobile program intended to make it easier for students to apply for federal financial aid.


Maria Danilova | AP| October 2 at 4:33 PM



Education Week—Commentary: We Already Know School Starts Too Early. It's Time to Do Something About It

Teenagers shouldn't have to go to class while half asleep

Common sense, as a general idea, seems easy to define. But when it comes to the time that middle and high school students start school in most places across the United States, the education community has been doing it wrong—with numerous, hard-to-ignore studies, sleep experts, and national organizations rightly blasting the negative impact on adolescents to begin class around 7:30 a.m.


David Polochanin| October 2, 2018