Administration Poring Over Pearson Contract To Assess PARCC Damages

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Just determining what contract says about outages will be a chore; the agreement’s documents are nearly 1,000 pages long.


Last week state Education Commissioner David Hespe said he would hold Pearson accountable for the one-day crash of New Jersey’s . This week the administration is going through the vendor’s voluminous contract with the state to see what that accountability will mean.

That contract contains extensive language for “damages” incurred by the vendor if the deliverable (the online PARCC exam) is not provided on time or as agreed upon.… Read the rest

10 Years!


Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the Asbury Park Education Association website. For the last 10 years we have used this website and the association’s mailing list to keep membership informed of the pressing issues of our day.

Over the past decade this website has been a way to promote the association keep membership informed. We will continue to use this space to keep you up to date and informed as we navigate these often dangerous waters. Here’s to 10 more years!

As always, questions and comments are welcome. Send them to me at: It’s your website, let us know what you think!… Read the rest

Legislature’s Resolution Prompts Demand To Fully Fund Abbott Districts

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ELC warns of legal action if state doesn’t comply with court formula for aid to low-income schools


As it has done before, the Democrat-led Legislature last week quietly rejected the administration’s attempt to adjust the state’s school-funding formula, even if it would not much affect the bottom-line amounts that schools receive next year.

This time, however, there could be repercussions before the state’s highest court.

The state Assembly and Senate last week passed a joint resolution that rejected the state’s proposed changes to the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA), part of the so-called Education Adequacy Report that is issued every three years.… Read the rest

5 ways PARCC testing will be different this year

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Find out what has changed about New Jersey’s spring . Watch video

It’s almost time for New Jersey students to take their annual state exams again.

While the standardized tests will be the same the — the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams — some aspects of the testing experience have changed.

Here are five ways PARCC testing will be different in 2016:

1. One testing window

In the first year of PARCC testing the exams were administered in two separate testing windows, one throughout March and a second during late April and May.

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PARCC Graduation Requirement Is Illegal, Argue Education Advocates

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According to some estimates, almost 55,000 seniors failed or sat out , jeopardizing their chance to graduate with class of 2016


Pressure is mounting from around New Jersey for the state Department of Education to reverse its decision to use a controversial national test as a graduation requirement for the class of 2016, in part due to contentions that using the PARCC tests is illegal.

Stan Karp, director of the Secondary Reform Project of the Newark-based Education Law Center, called on lawmakers to take some action to pressure the DOE to allow this year’s senior class to graduate without having to pass a standardized test.… Read the rest