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Riley Introduces Measure Urging DOE to Delay Annual Assessment Test Allowing Students to Make Up Time Loss from Snow Days

(Trenton) – Assemblywoman Celeste M. Riley, chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, introduced an Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR-132) urging the Department of Education (DOE) to delay the administration of the 2013-2014 New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge in response to the several days that schools have closed for inclement winter weather conditions.

Each year, public schools are required to administer the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge, known as the NJ ASK, to students enrolled in grades three through eight. The DOE has announced the assessments for this school year will begin as early as April 29.

“As result of necessary closures, students have missed a significant amount of time in the classroom,” said Riley (D-Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem). “Students must have the opportunity to make up this time, so that the test results accurately reflect their skill and knowledge. Delaying the NJ ASK ensures our students the opportunity to properly prepare and do their best on the exam.”