N.J.'s board of education changes teacher evaluation formula

Friday, August 8, 2014

The New Jersey State Board of Education took the first formal step Wednesday to modify the teacher evaluation process to reduce the importance of student test scores for the upcoming school year.

At its monthly meeting in Trenton, board members agreed to regulations that codify the compromise reached between state officials and educators last month to reduce the impact of standardized test scores on teacher effectiveness.

The proposed changes are in response to teachers' outcry that their evaluations will be based on scores of a new and unproven computer-based test that will be given to students this spring. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers, or PARCC, is the test that will replace the NJASK and HSPA tests.

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