Friday, April 22, 2016

New Jersey May Have Broken Law On PARCC, Judge Says

An administrative law judge said this week that New Jersey education officials may have broken the law in deciding to use PARCC as the new high school exit exam.

The only question left, however, was how to remedy the situation as a group of students and parents continue to try to eliminate PARCC's role as a 2016 graduation requirement, though students may take other testing in order to get a high school diploma.

During a hearing on a lawsuit against PARCC on Monday, Judge Thomas Betancourt said that what education officials did was "inappropriate or improper,” though he questioned the idea of canceling an assessment test, saying he was "not happy" with the idea, according to people who witnessed the hearing.

The lawsuit is ongoing and an official ruling hasn't been made in the case. The state Department of Education acknowledged what was discussed at the hearing but declined to comment on the lawsuit specifically.

Betancourt was addressing legal question raised in a lawsuit filed by students and parents represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and the Education Law Center that seeks to eliminate PARCC and other testing as graduation requirements.

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