New Jersey education panel: Keep using Common Core-aligned test

A panel appointed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has recommended that the state continue using exams aligned with Common Core standards.

The study commission’s recommendations were released publicly on Monday.

Christie established the board made up of teachers, administrators and a parent representative to review the nationwide Common Core curriculum standards after saying they are not working. He said he was ordering the state to back away from them.

Its final report notes the concern over too much time spent on standardized tests, but recommends requiring the PARCC test be required for students to graduate starting in 2021.

The state’s board of education on Monday also began the process of approving some changes to education standards in New Jersey.

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