PARCC bill scheduled for Senate vote

Last step before going to Governor

Published on Thursday, June 26, 2014

S-2154, the bill to slow implementation of PARCC, Common Core and the new teacher evaluation system, has been posted for a vote in the Senate on Monday, June 30. If it passes, as anticipated, it will go to Gov. Christie for his signature. The Assembly passed its version, A-3081, last week by an overwhelming 72-4 margin.

S-2154/A-3081 will create an Education Reform Review Task Force to look at:

    • the implementation of the Common Core Standards
    • use of PARCC assessments,
    • and the implementation and potential effects of the teacher evaluation system.

The bill also says that Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) shall not be included in the annual summative ratings of teachers for at least two years.  It would give districts the option to administer the PARCC assessment online or by pencil and paper, or a combination of both during the two year period after passage of the bill. Finally, it specifies that the Department of Education may not use the PARCC assessment for student or school accountability purposes for at least two years after passage of the bill.

You can use NJEA’s Take Action tool to contact your senator and urge him or her to support S-2154.

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