Gov. Murphy Proposes Changes to PARCC Tests

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Governor Phil Murphy made a big education announcement in Atlantic City.

Though he stopped short of dropping the controversial Partnership for assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized tests altogether, on Tuesday, July 10th, Murphy proposed the number of PARCC tests required for graduation fall from six to two for the upcoming school year.

Murphy also says the length of testing would be reduced by 25 percent and the weight of the tests on teacher evaluations would also be reduced.

"PARCC's high stakes, high stress system has been, I believe, a detriment to our students and educators," said Murphy. "Our educators need to teach to the needs of their students and not to a standardized test.

"Good educators and good students can have bad test days."

PARCC tests became part of a common core curriculum in 2015.

Last year, Murphy said he would do away with the test.


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