February 9, 2018 | Number of The Day
Public school parents in NJ who say there’s too much standardized testing

Public school parents in New Jersey believe there is “too much” rather than “too little” standardized testing in their child’s school by a margin of 52 percent to 6 percent. The remaining 39 percent think there is just the right amount of testing. Fifty-five percent of public school parents believe such testing should be a graduation requirement, but 44 percent do not. (When public school parents are combined with parents who have children in other types of schools, the figures tilt in favor of standardized testing — 57 percent to 42 percent.) The findings, released yesterday, are from a Rutgers-Eagleton poll that was conducted late last year.

Other poll results: Most parents who have children in New Jersey’s public schools are satisfied with the quality of the education their children receive, and many of them are very satisfied. Thirty-eight percent believe the specific school their oldest child attends does an “excellent” job and a further 42 percent believe the school does a “good” job. But there are also parents who are underwhelmed by the quality of education, with 14 percent saying the school their oldest child attends is doing a “fair” job, and 5 percent classifying the school’s performance as “poor.”