January 11, 2016 — The Study Commission on the Use of Student Assessments released its recommendations today. The Commission, including members representing higher education and the business community, recommends no changes to 84% of the standards, with the remaining 16% of standards may be changed by moving from one grade level to another, or edited for clarity, according to information obtained from the state by NJ.com, and continuation of the PARCC assessments. Additional recommendations include:

  • Including passing PARCC assessments as a graduation requirement, starting for the Class of 2021
  • Encouraging Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) throughout the State to use PARCC assessment scores for identifying course placement and enrollment in dual-credit programs.
  • Collaborating with IHEs, NJDOE and the PARCC consortium to share data on student progress in college courses to assess the validity of the PARCC assessment and to assist in the development of future tests.
  • Convening an informational session with stakeholders in New Jersey’s business community to review PARCC assessment item content and  gain greater insight into how PARCC assessment results can be useful to them.


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