OCEAN CITY – The city’s teachers will be among the first in the state to try out a new teacher evaluation system. But it’s the students who took the first test in the process.
All students in grades one through eight started the school year by taking the Measures of Academic Progress test, or MAP, which will provide the baseline data to evaluate the teachers on how much students learn this year. (more…)
The state has chosen ten school districts to help pilot a new evaluation system that will, for the first time, grade New Jersey teachers half on their students’ performance in the classroom.
The state Department of Education expects to implement the system statewide by fall 2012. If Gov. Chris Christie succeeds in pushing his education reform agenda before then — one that the state’s largest teachers union staunchly opposes — teachers’ performance under the new system could soon affect their tenure, pay and seniority rights. (more…)
Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Wednesday denied that there is a direct “causal” effect between the high-stakes testing under the No Child Left Behind law and the cheating scandals that have erupted in school systems across the country, including the District. (more…)
NEWARK — The Newark Public schools, which have been under state control for the past 16 years, will remain that way indefinitely despite significant improvements over the past 15 months, according to the results of a recent review.
Under state law, the Department of Education reviews all districts every three years in five performance categories, including academic achievement and school board governance. (more…)
A three-year state investigation has discovered a high percentage of erasure marks on standardized tests at some New Jersey public schools, raising the possibility of cheating to boost scores.
The Asbury Park Press and New Jersey Press Media Group successfully sued to get the reports from the state Department of Education. The test erasure reports, though, do not definitively label suspect schools as cheaters. (more…)
High school graduation requirements leave schools scrambling, kids wondering
New Jersey’s high school exit exam has long been the subject of debate and disagreement.
Through all of it, there are now three ways to graduate from a public high school. Pass the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA). Pass the Alternative High School Assessment (AHSA), the much-maligned back-up test. Or, failing the first two, the newest and last option is to win on appeal to Trenton. (more…)