As we continue to practice social distancing and remote learning across New Jersey, NJEA is monitoring a number of issues related to the unusual circumstances in which we find ourselves working.
Many members are rightly concerned about how things like standardized testing and evaluation will be handled this school year. Some of those issues still need to be addressed, but I want to share the information we have so far.
The US Department of Education is not requiring states to administer standardized tests this year if they request a waiver, and Gov. Murphy announced today that New Jersey is applying for that waiver. For more details, please read NJEA’s advisory on that issue.
We are also working with the NJDOE on issues around evaluation, given the impossibility of conducting those evaluations under the current circumstances. We encourage you to read both NJEA’s advisory and FAQ.
Additionally, we know that there are many other issues arising around staff, particularly ESPs, who are continuing to report to work sites. UniServ representatives continue to deal with problems and concerns on a case-by-case basis, and you should reach out to your association representative and/or local president with any issues. We have also provided general guidance that is being updated as new information is available.
Please check back often at NJEA’s COVID-19 resource page for updates of this and other critical information. This situation will continue to develop in the coming weeks and other important questions will no doubt arise. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out directly to your UniServ field rep, who can ensure that you get answers quickly and efficiently.
These are challenging circumstances for everyone. Our members carry the dual burden of caring for our own families as well as looking out for the educational, social/emotional and even basic physical welfare of our students. We continue to be amazed and inspired, but never surprised, by how NJEA members have stepped up for students in this crisis. For our part, we are advocating every day to ensure that you can do that critical work safely and with the fewest obstacles possible.