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Diegnan Welcomes Decision to Reduce PARCC Testing Time

(TRENTON) – Assembly Education Chairman Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex) released the following statement on the decision to consolidate PARCC’s two administration windows and reduce its length:

“It is encouraging to see that the New Jersey Department of Education has acknowledged that the PARCC test is a work in progress.
“These alterations to testing protocols validate the work of the Assembly Education Committee. Although I commend Commissioner Hespe for his actions, I encourage him to adopt the approach contained in my bill which passed the General Assembly on a bipartisan basis.
“The results of PARCC should not apply for three years so as to provide a trial period to properly determine the validity of the test. Also, parents should be allowed to have their children opt out of the test. These common sense measures will begin to restore trust and faith in our education system.”