New Jersey may delay using tests to judge teachers

New Jersey lawmakers propose delaying using new standardized tests as part of their teachers’ and principals’ evaluations.

Students would still have to take the new assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers starting next year.

The tests are intended to measure how well students do with nationwide common core curriculum standards. How much students improve on the test is to be used to evaluate teachers under a 2012 state tenure law overhaul.

Some teachers oppose using tests that way. And some people oppose having national education standards. Others are concerned about whether schools are ready to implement new exams.

The state Senate is expected to vote Monday on the delay.

The Assembly has already approved it.

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