Which New Jersey schools are getting the most high-stakes testing?
Posted On July 15, 2021
The New Jersey Board of Education is expected to vote on May 10 to adopt a plan to use standardized testing to test students across the state, a move that is expected in the coming months to become law.
As of Wednesday morning, the New Jersey State Education Association had 539,000 signatures to qualify for a petition to place the measure on the November 2018 ballot, and as of Monday morning, it had nearly 6,000.
The board’s proposed test would be the first to be rolled out across the country.
In the state of New York, the state’s Education Department has rolled out testing for all students at its schools, including all students in grades K-12.
The New York City Department of Education and the District of Columbia’s Office of the Superintendent of Education have begun testing students in both their grades K and 9.
The proposed test has been in the works for several years.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education of New Jersey, which is part of the New York State Education Department, originally asked the state for a standardized test for all New Jersey elementary and secondary students.
The proposal was pushed back to 2020.
However, after more than three years of negotiations, the board and the New New York Department of Transportation have reached a compromise agreement, which was announced in February.
The two sides reached a $2.5 billion agreement in July to establish standardized testing for elementary and high school students across New Jersey by the end of the decade.
The board says the plan would include standardized testing of the entire state, not just in the city of New Brunswick and surrounding counties, and the plan is intended to address the high rates of students being suspended or expelled for having behavioral or academic issues.
The plan also calls for using the statewide testing to ensure students in New Jersey are receiving the appropriate and timely education that they need.
The plan also would be able to require schools to offer at least one standardized test per school year, and would also allow schools to choose whether to require a second or third test for students who have behavioral issues.
For more on the new state standardized testing plan, check out the video below.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.