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Nearly Quarter-Million NJ Students Take PARCC Exams on Day Two of Testing
John Mooney | March 4, 2015 | Education
Can you pass 11th-grade language arts test? Try answering a sample question from the exam
Despite Raucous Run-Up, Day One of PARCC Testing Was Mostly Uneventful
John Mooney | March 3, 2015 | Education
Sharpen those pencils: NJ Spotlight continues its PARCC testing with several samples from the math test for third-graders
Agenda: State Board of Education Takes Up Teacher Preparation and Support
John Mooney | March 3, 2015 | Education
Other topics to be tackled include criteria for linking student performance to teacher evaluations
PARCC Tests in Language Arts, Math Start Today for Students in New Jersey
John Mooney | March 2, 2015 | Education
Can you make the grade? Try a sample question from the 5th-grade language arts exam
Cami Anderson Gets Another Year at Newark Helm -- Plus a Performance Bonus
John Mooney | February 27, 2015 | Education
State senator assails 'terrible decision' while student leader vows more protests aimed at ousting superintendent
Conservative Radio Host Grills Christie on Common Core Flip-Flop
John Mooney | February 27, 2015 | Education, Politics
Asked at CPAC gathering about controversial academic standards he once supported, governor says he now has ‘implementation regrets’
Districts Get Official Word: State Aid Payments Frozen for Most Schools Next Year
John Mooney | February 26, 2015 | Budget, Education
Some are glad that funds won’t be cut despite fiscal woes; others note than once again Christie isn’t complying with full-funding law
Dispute Erupts Over ‘Agreement’ Between Teachers Union, Governor
John Mooney | February 25, 2015 | Education
While Christie touts purported deal, NJEA leaders protest that it’s just a ‘road map’ for finding solution to pension crisis
PARCC Testing Opponents Win Victory in State Assembly, But What’s Next?
John Mooney | February 24, 2015 | Education
Bill would delay use of assessments to rate schools, students and teachers, but passage by Senate appears much less likely
Newark Student Sit-In Ends With Superintendent Anderson Still in Place
John Mooney | February 23, 2015 | Education
Students call action a ‘victory,’ even though state is on course to renew embattled school chief’s contract this week
Atlantic City School District Goes Bust, Fiscal Monitor Put in Place
John Mooney | February 20, 2015 | Education
School system wracked by aftershocks from collapse of casino industry, city's fiscal calamity
PARCC Creator Has No Doubts, Touts Benefits of Controversial Testing
John Mooney | February 18, 2015 | Education
As NJ prepares for debut of new assessments, Laura Slover blames politics for growing ‘opt-out’ movement, says critics will ultimately see worth of new exams
What’s Behind Chris Christie’s Change of Heart About Common Core?
John Mooney | February 18, 2015 | Education
NJ Spotlight’s John Mooney joins WNYC’s ‘The Brian Lehrer Show' to deconstruct the governor’s recent comments about testing
It’s Crunch Time for Deciding on PARCC Test Opt-Outs and Implementation Delays
John Mooney | February 13, 2015 | Education
As grassroots opposition to new testing grows, NJ lawmakers worry about possible loss of federal funds
Debunking Chris Christie’s Claims About Common Core State Standards
John Mooney | February 12, 2015 | Education
The federal government never insisted that states sign on for the Common Core and never tied it to any promise of funding
Chris Christie’s About-Face on Common Core Standards Turns Debate Upside-Down
John Mooney | February 11, 2015 | Education
Governor tells a GOP audience in Iowa that he has ‘grave doubts’ about academic standards and student testing he previously endorsed
Fine Print: Common Core, PARCC Not Well-Known -- But They’re Still Unpopular
John Mooney | February 11, 2015 | Education
Monmouth poll finds few New Jerseyans are even aware of the new academic standards and testing – but negatives are high among those in the know
Superintendent Salary Cap Back in Limelight -- As Clock Counts Down
John Mooney | February 10, 2015 | Education
As limits on top school administrators' pay near expiration in 2016, stalled Senate bill draws new attention as it's voted out of committee
Explainer: How the State Holds Superintendent Pay to $175,000 Per Year
John Mooney | February 10, 2015 | Education, Explainer
Are salary caps driving the best school chiefs out of state? The numbers say that might be a mistaken impression
Legislators, School Districts Scramble to Put PARCC Policies in Place
John Mooney | February 9, 2015 | Education
With the opt-out option growing in popularity across the state, educators and lawmakers rush to accommodate families who just say ‘no’
Newark Tenure-Hearing Scorecard: Superintendent Anderson 0, Teachers 10
John Mooney | February 6, 2015 | Education
Thus far, the state has failed in its attempts to dismiss teachers who have been deemed ‘ineffective’ or ‘partially effective’
School Performance Reports: How Many Grads Pursue College Degrees?
John Mooney | February 5, 2015 | Education
New Jersey tracks how many of our students enroll in higher-education institutions – and stay for at least a full year of classes
Administration Releases New Code for Teacher Training, ‘Alternate Route’
John Mooney | February 5, 2015 | Education
Proposals get lukewarm reception from teacher-education colleges and educators themselves
State Board of Education Presents First Peek at Reports on PARCC Results
John Mooney | February 5, 2015 | Education
Breakout of scores on new tests will make it simple to compare students to counterparts across district, state, and country
More School Administrators, Teachers Getting Behind State's Anti-Bullying Law
John Mooney | February 4, 2015 | Education
Report indicates that most educators believe New Jersey’s landmark legislation is helping to improve school climate and culture
School Performance Reports: Poorer Districts Have Higher Absenteeism
John Mooney | February 4, 2015 | Education
As many as 50 percent of students in some urban schools miss classes at least 10 days out of 180-day school year
School Performance Reports: New Data Tracks Interest in Vo-Tech Classes
John Mooney | February 3, 2015 | Education
Nearly 20 percent of high-school students took at least one career and technical education class last year – and not just at vocational schools
Agenda: State Board Takes Up Teacher Preparation, Impact of New PARCC Testing
John Mooney | February 3, 2015 | Education
Monthly meeting to get first look at new licensure code that will remake requirements for becoming a teacher in NJ
State Poised to Toughen Teacher-License Standards, Bolster Support System
John Mooney | February 2, 2015 | Education
Proposed code changes would increase time spent as student teachers, toughen ‘alternate route’ standards
The Results Are In: State Releases 2013-2014 School Performance Reports
John Mooney | February 2, 2015 | Education
Student growth percentiles make it possible to see how kids are doing compared with peers across the state
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