Contact Senate President Steve Sweeney and demand he support and post SCR-132
The voices of the state’s foremost experts on testing – NJEA members – were heard loud and clear today in the New Jersey General Assembly. ACR-215, a resolution that aims to end the use of PARCC as a graduation requirement, passed in the Assembly by a vote of 67-3-2. In the days leading up to the vote, NJEA members made countless phone calls and sent nearly 1,000 emails to their representatives.
Introduced in November by Senator Nia Gill (D-27) and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-34), the concurrent resolutions stipulate that the State Board of Education’s regulations adopted last August that require students take and pass PARCC are not consistent with current legislation that determines standards for high school graduation.
If passed in the Senate, the resolution directs the State Board of Education to amend or withdraw the regulations within 30 days, or the Legislature may pass another concurrent resolution to invalidate the regulations. The resolution does not require Gov. Christie’s signature.
SCR-132 (Gill) has not been posted for a vote in the Senate, nor has it been introduced in the Senate Education Committee.
This New Jersey Senate has not posted this bill for a vote. Contact Senate President Steve Sweeney anddemand he support and post SCR-132.
- The State Board of Education regulations requiring students to demonstrate proficiency on PARCC ELA 10 and Algebra I are inconsistent with the intention of the P.L.1979 law that established a program of standards for graduation from high school, including a statewide assessment test in reading, writing and computational skills.
- State law regarding high school graduation standards refer to a single, comprehensive graduation assessment given in the 11th grade – the PARCC tests as authorized under the new regulations are two separate tests, PARCC ELA 10 and Algebra I, given at the end of the relevant course.
- For the classes of 2016 – 2020, if a student does not demonstrate proficiency on the ELA 10 or Algebra I assessments – – the regulations offer no option for retesting using these exams. Instead, students may use an alternative third-party assessment such as the SAT, PSAT, ACT other PARCC assessments or a portfolio appeal.
- Starting with the class of 2020, students can use an alternative assessment to show proficiency only afterthey have taken all applicable high school end-of-course PARCC assessments for courses in which they are enrolled.