OPINION

03/23/15

PARCC assessment will lead to a more skilled workforce for N.J. employers

We tend to think that millennials, who currently make up the youngest generation in the workforce, are highly advanced because they grew up immersed in transformative technology. However, this is not the case. According to a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), millennials in the United States rank near the bottom of all workers around the world in s... Read more >

03/23/15

PARCC victimhood, and why it's overblown

 Enough: This hysteria about the PARCC exam needs to stop.New Jersey has to have standards to keep up with other states. This is a new test, we are learning as we go and there will be rough spots. Some districts are eliminating midterms and finals, so as not to overwhelm kids with standardized tests. Fine. PARCC is challenging. NJ ASK, its previous incarnation, was more of a pushover.&nb... Read more >

 

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B4NJKids (B4K) is an independent voice for common-sense education reform in New Jersey. B4K stands for the proposition that the first priority of the New Jersey public school system must be the best interests of New Jersey students, not the special interests that dominate the status quo. To this end, every class must have an effective teacher and every school an effective principal, and teachers and principals should be given the necessary training and resources to be effective. Public policy and all administrative and personnel policies should support these goals. Parents must be empowered with access to data and other information to hold educators, leaders and elected officials accountable for their performance.