N.J. Superintendent Explains Test Scores As Just One Tool for Determining Success

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

While they can also be deemed useful, state-issued test scores are just one highly subjective piece of the puzzle in determining student progress, according to Superintendent of Schools Donna Cardiello.

Cardiello made that argument during a comprehensive visual presentation at the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Nov. 27. While discussing the district’s results in the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) tests taken last spring, Cardiello made it clear that the outcome of these tests is but a single aspect of understanding how a district is performing overall. In addition to the state-issued tests, she said, student progress should be measured by the results of norm-referenced standardized tests (NRTs), teacher-made tests, portfolios and running records of individuals, observations, report cards, student profiles in kindergarten through grade three, and grade level meetings.

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