PolitickerNJ Wire Feed
Measure Would Ban Testing Not Required By State, Federal Government
Assemblyman Dave Rible wants to limit the amount of standardized tests administered to New Jersey students.
Rible is sponsoring a bill that would prohibit testing other than assessments mandated by the state and federal government. He said the measure was drafted in response to concerns about the amount of standardized testing in schools.
"Parents and educators are becoming increasingly concerned about the amount of testing that we are imposing on our schoolchildren," said Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean. "While I recognize the need for student assessment, we need to ensure that we are not mandating so much testing that we are actually harming the students."
Rible noted that the implementation of the new Common Core Curriculum Standards is adding to concerns about the amount of testing required. At a recent hearing of the Assembly Education Committee, officials involved with implementing the new standards attested to the inconsistency in standardized testing among different school districts. They also conceded that the new standards will not result in a decrease in student assessments.
"With these new standards we could be looking at even more required testing," he said. "It is important that we limit assessments to only the absolutely essential tests and do not add to the already significant amount of testing in our schools."
Under the legislation, school districts would be able to administer currently mandated testing such as the NJASK and HSPA. In addition, the measure allows districts to comply with other mandates, including teacher evaluations, by requiring school districts to demonstrate to the state Department of Education why the assessment is necessary.
"As a parent of a public school student I have seen firsthand the impact of school testing on children who are stressed and reaching their breaking point," said Rible. "We need to find the balance that will allow our schools to prepare our children for success but, at the same time, lets our kids be kids."
On the Net:
NJ Assembly Republicans on Facebook
NJ Assembly Republicans on Twitter
NJ Assembly Republican Newsletter Signup
After weeks of speculation, the direction of the Newark mayoral race may take an important turn today as prominent members of the Payne political family gather at Newark's Robert Treat Hotel at 11:30 a.m.
The campaign of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries has called a press conference at which both U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10) and Essex County deputy chief of staff and former state Assemblyman William D. Payne will be present.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
"The governor has allowed political cronyism to continue and even flourish, rather than stamp it out, with some of his closest confidants enriching themselves through millions of dollars in state contracts, and legal and lobbying fees, an Asbury Park Press review of thousands of pages of campaign, lobbying and contracting documents found."- The Asbury Park Press
Press releases are submitted by PolitickerNJ users, not by staff. They do not represent the viewpoint of PolitickerNJ.com.