A New Jersey appellate court has struck down the use of multiple PARCC exams as graduation requirements for NJ high school students, saying the testing regulations violated state law. NJEA President Marie Blistan hailed the ruling as beneficial to students and said it opens the door for a new, better approach. “This ruling provides a good opportunity to rethink our approach to assessing student learning. It’s time for a new approach that recognizes the diverse ways that students learn and puts the emphasis back on teaching and learning, not high-stakes testing.”
The lawsuit was filed by the Education Law Center and several other education advocacy groups, including the Latino Action Network, the Latino Coalition of New Jersey, the Paterson Education Fund, and the NAACP New Jersey State Conference. The Education Law Center also commended the ruling in a statement explaining the technical details of the case.
NJEA has submitted testimony to the New Jersey State Board of Education urging the state to use this opportunity to revise and reimagine how testing is used in New Jersey’s public schools. The New Jersey Department of Education has not yet announced whether it will appeal the ruling.