The scores are in, and five years into the controversial standardized tests formerly known as PARCC, New Jersey students are still missing the mark.
This past school year, 58% met or exceeded expectations on English Language Arts exams under the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment, while just 44% of students passed the math exams, according to data from the Department of Education.
Critics have called the tests flawed and overly difficult – and Gov. Phil Murphy campaigned on ending the PARCC test on his first day in office.
But yesterday, his administration told the state Board of Education that the exams will stick around for at least two more years while the state creates a new assessment to both gauge student progress and serve as a graduation requirement.