In a memo released yesterday to chief school administrators, Acting Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet announced that the New Jersey Department of Education is beginning the process of transitioning away from the use of PARCC assessments in New Jersey’s public schools. Repollet promised that the development of a successor assessment tool will involve collaboration with educators, parents and other public education stakeholders. NJEA’s officers commended the governor and the acting commissioner for keeping a key campaign promise made by Murphy to students, parents and educators long frustrated by the costly, time-consuming and ineffective assessment tool.
“We are glad to know that PARCC’s days are numbered in New Jersey,” said NJEA President Marie Blistan. “From the beginning it was a poorly planned, poorly executed fiasco that undermined real teaching and learning in New Jersey’s classrooms. No one understands better than educators what our students need in order to succeed. I’m very pleased that we will be involved in developing a better, smarter assessment system that benefits students and allows educators to do our jobs more effectively.”
“This is a big win for parents and students,” noted NJEA Vice President Sean M. Spiller. “Across New Jersey, families voted with their feet by refusing to subject their children to PARCC. They knew that the tests did more harm than good and they refused to be intimidated. Involving parents in developing a replacement will help ensure that the needs of children come before the interests of testing companies.”
“Educators across New Jersey are celebrating this announcement,” declared NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty. “We know that our students lost out on too many educational opportunities because of the burden that PARCC put on the school year. We look forward to moving on from that failed experiment and focusing on what we do best: providing a world-class education to every student who comes through the doors of our schools.”