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New Jersey rethinking new test to judge teachers

Local News | Jul 01, 2014

New Jersey rethinking new test to judge teachers

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers have postponed a vote on delaying the use of new standardized tests as part of their teachers’ and principals’ evaluations.

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew says he’s giving Gov. Chris Christie a chance to make a similar but more modest move by executive order.

Van Drew says a vote planned for Monday was delayed, but added that the Senate may take action on July 10 if the governor has not done anything by then.

In any case, students will still have to take the new assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers starting next year.

Van Drew says he has concerns about whether the new tests are ready. He wants them to be tested before having higher stakes attached to them.