Governor plans to eliminate 4 PARCC student assessments by the fall

Murphy says testing should adhere to state, federal laws

David Madden
July 10, 2018 - 3:52 pm
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Phil Murphy is taking a slow and steady approach to fulfilling a campaign promise: getting New Jersey away from a controversial assessment test for students.

The governor made his announcement in Atlantic City after a pair of unrelated addresses to organized labor.

Murphy will lower the number of PARCC assessment tests required to graduate from high school from six to two for the upcoming school year. They will center more on English and math, and officials will depend less on those tests in grading how well teachers and administrators are doing.

"While I would have personally liked to have ditched PARCC on day one, that simply wasn't feasible," Murphy said. "But we are now on a clear path away from it."

Many of the changes Murphy proposes will require approval from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet said there was a deliberative process in coming to this decision.

"We logged 5,700 miles traveling to 21 counties for 75 meetings with over 2,300 people. We received over 3,000 written responses," Repollet said. "Our outreach was robust, diverse and inclusive."

While the governor may not completely abandon the current process, he clearly wants to get to testing that adheres to state and federal laws while reducing the pressure on those affected by the tests themselves.