The Christie administration caused quite a stir this week when it announced that passing one of the new online PARCC tests could earn a high-school student his or her diploma.
On Tuesday, acting state education commissioner David Hespe announced the updated requirements, which will be in effect through 2018.
On Wednesday, the first questions — and criticisms — could be heard, with some asking if the administration’s move was a precursor to making PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) the only path to a diploma.
On Thursday, the state issued a second memo seeking to clarify its plans, while three of the state’s main school organizations released largely supportive statements. Nevertheless, the debate is sure to continue.
The following is the rollout of information from the department and others:
NJ Department of Education
[link:http://education.state.nj.us/broadcasts/2014/OCT/02/12183/Transitioning%20to%20PARCC%20Frequently%20Asked%20Questions%20(4).pdf|Frequently Asked Questions on the New Requirements