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Proposal Tying Graduation to PARCC Exams Met with Skepticism, Hesitancy

John Mooney | February 11, 2016 | Education

Many testifying before State Board of Education urge caution in adopting new standard, while others assail test itself

Advocates for Expanded Preschool Gather to Rally Support for More Funding

John Mooney | February 10, 2016 | Education
Democrat-backed legislation would allocate millions to provide pre-K programs to more 3- and 4-year-olds
Democrats Unveil Bills Allocating Millions for Expansion of Preschool
John Mooney | February 9, 2016 | Education
Expansion of early childhood programs among legislative priorities set by party leaders
Agenda: Hearings Set on New Academic Standards, H.S. Graduation Requirements
John Mooney | February 9, 2016 | Education
State Board of Education will hear testimony on revised state standards and proposal for new PARCC exit test
Court Rules Against Piscataway in Charter-School Tuition Challenge
John Mooney | February 8, 2016 | Education
School district argued -- unsuccessfully -- that large budget surpluses at public charter schools should mean lower tuition for enrolled students
Interactive Map: High Schools and Wealthier Districts Had Most Untested
Colleen O'Dea | February 5, 2016 | Education, Maps, Map of the Week
However, state data does not show exactly how many students skipped PARCC specifically because of parental concerns
Statewide High-School Graduation Rate Increases to Nearly 90 Percent
John Mooney and Colleen O'Dea | February 4, 2016 | Education
But socio-economic gaps remain and requirement of passing grade on PARCC to earn diploma looms on the horizon
State Goes Public with Results of First-Year PARCC Exam Scores
John Mooney and Colleen O'Dea | February 3, 2016 | Education
As expected, the numbers show widespread falling off from earlier state tests; opt-out numbers are inconclusive
Last Word on Bullying: Anti-Bullying Task Force Delivers Final Report
John Mooney | February 2, 2016 | Education
Voluminous document includes numerous suggestions on how to improve implementation, calls for clearer definitions, more funding
How Will Christie’s New State School Standards Play in Iowa, New Jersey?
John Mooney | February 1, 2016 | Education
Public has chance to be heard on new regulations, before state board votes, moves to implement
The Feedback Loop: Public Comments and Questions About Special-Ed Ombudsman
John Mooney | January 29, 2016 | Education
NJ Spotlight readers, advocates, and lawmakers go public on this new position created by a law signed this month by Gov. Christie
Job Moves and Changes in Duties Bring Deputy Commissioner Back to DOE
John Mooney | January 28, 2016 | Education
Hespe says changes to organizational chart will streamline how department functions, allow better use of data, personnel
‘Biliteracy’ Seal on Student Diplomas Will Recognize and Reward Bilingualism
John Mooney | January 27, 2016 | Education
Ability to speak two languages called important advantage for NJ students as they enter workforce and college
College Presidents Reject Letting Community Colleges Offer Nursing B.S. Degrees
Tara Nurin | January 26, 2016 | Education
Issue seen as referendum on academic reach and mission of county colleges now heads to Secretary of Higher Education
Report’s Replete with Points to Consider About Testing of Garden State Students
John Mooney | January 25, 2016 | Education
Panel’s review of use of standardized exams stresses need to review goals of all student assessments and to not rush change
On-Air Discussion: Candidate Christie and the Common Core Standards
NJ Spotlight Staff | January 22, 2016 | Education
WHYY and NJ Spotlight explore why the governor’s changes to Common Core are more surface than substance
Christie Signs Legislation Creating New Position of Special-Ed Omsbudsman
John Mooney | January 21, 2016 | Education
Office will help resolve disputes, respond to questions and concerns raised by families of children with disabilities
Shakespeare Aside, Evidence Doesn’t Match Christie’s Claim He Ended Common Core
John Mooney | January 19, 2016 | Education
Task force recommendations call for hundreds of changes, but mostly in wording of questions and not so much in substance
Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges Join to Help Students Cope with Costs
Tara Nurin | January 14, 2016 | Education
Soaring higher-education costs prompt NJ schools to find innovative ways to help ease financial burden
Gov. Christie Champions Charter Schools, But Will Talk Lead to Action?
John Mooney | January 13, 2016 | Education
The governor makes some big promises for charters, but has delivered a mixed message on the subject in the past
Christie’s Education Talking Points Yield More Questions, Few Clear Answers
John Mooney | January 12, 2016 | Education
Reports on academic standards, PARCC exams and graduation requirements offer some policy tweaks on eve of governor’s speech
The Joy of Teaching Never Gets Old for Remarkable NJ Educator, 102
The Seventy Four | January 12, 2016 | Education
Youngsters learn how to cook and sew from energetic centenarian they call ‘Granny,’ beloved fixture at school in North Plainfield
Variety of Education Bills Set for Vote as Legislative Session Wanes
John Mooney | January 11, 2016 | Education
Testing-firm disclosures, art-class grades, volunteer credits, and rules for restraint of disabled students on legislators’ agenda
Agenda: Update on State Standards and H.S. Grad Requirements Kick Off 2016
John Mooney | January 11, 2016 | Education
State Board of Education gets first look at standard revisions ordered by Christie and new PARCC diploma requirements
Fine Print: The Health Study that Could Help Turn School Recess Into Law
John Mooney | January 8, 2016 | Education
Giving kids a break is at the heart of a Senate bill that wants to ensure that recess is part of every school day
Spirit of Cooperation Evident Again at Appearance by Mayor, Schools Chief
John Mooney | January 6, 2016 | Education
Baraka, Cerf exchange praise at event unveiling incentives encouraging Newark’s top graduates to attend college in NJ
Commissioner Hespe Faces Tough Call in Overcrowded Freehold District
John Mooney | January 5, 2016 | Education
Administrative law judge overrules voters, says state should approve bonds to relieve cramped, congested schools
Looking Ahead, Unresolved Matters and New Issues Will Mark Year in Education
John Mooney | January 4, 2016 | Education
Ranging from old topics like PARCC and Common Core to new federal rules, 2016 promises to be an eventful year for NJ education
Politics and Policy: Debating Pre-K Expansion in the Garden State
Meir Rinde | December 18, 2015 | Education
Proponents of preschool in NJ are eloquent in its defense, while opponents are equally articulate when disputing its advantages. Both sides are frustrated by financial concerns
Spending Down Zuckerberg Gift, Celebrating Transition in Newark Schools
John Mooney | December 18, 2015 | Education
Foundation for Newark’s Future -- created by the original $100M donation -- will be shuttering its office early in coming year
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