As the Murphy administration vows to create a “new generation” of state testing for New Jersey’s public school students, the latest scores for the current generation were released yesterday for every district in New Jersey.
As part of its stats, the state included how each district had fared on each test in language arts and math over the past five years, with some seeing their passing rates soar and others seeing them drop.
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Making the statewide scores public is an annual rite that allows residents and families to see how their schools and districts are doing as a whole, including in comparison with others in the state.
The state Department of Education said in a memo to districts last week that more information would be forthcoming in the annual School Performance Reports next spring.
“Spring statewide district assessment is posted each fall to provide the public with an early snapshot of assessment results,” read a department memo.
The value of the assessments themselves has come under greater and greater scrutiny, with Gov. Phil Murphy himself vowing to end the PARCC testing that had dominated schools for much of the past few years.
He did as promised, in name at least. Though they are now known as the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment, the tests are virtually identical to PARCC. In a memo to districts last week announcing the release, the administration said that the current testing “measures the same constructs and uses the same item banks and the same scale scores and performance levels as the previous years.”
Nonetheless, Murphy’s administration has pledged to move to a new testing regimen in the coming years, with a proposal expected this winter that would see new tests by 2023.