PARCC: A Five-Letter Word for Difference of Opinion in Education

State’s announcement of PARCC path to high-school diploma earns kudos and criticisms from teachers, administrators, legal experts

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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

Graduation Requirements for Class of 2016, 2017 and 2018

Frequently Asked Questions on the New Requirements

+ NJ School Boards Association

A Message About High-School Graduation

NJ Principals and Supervisors Association

NJPSA Statement on NJ DOE Graduation Requirements

NJ Association of School Administrators

NJASA Applauds NJ DOE’s Menu of Graduation Options

NJ Education Association

NJEA on PARCC Testing Proposal: ‘PARCC Still Not Ready for Prime Time’

Education Law Center

ELC Statement on Proposed Use of PARCC Exams as NJ Graduation Requirement

PARCC Brings Major Expansion of Testing for NJ High-School Students