New test for students gets NJ parents’ attention

The latest educational battleground in New Jersey is a standardized test that is to be administered for the first time next month.

Some teachers groups and parents are railing against the test developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. It is to be given to students in grades three through 11.

The test’s critics say the stakes are too high and the test is unproven.

Supporters say it’s better than previous tests because it tries to gauge critical thinking skills. They also say the test will give more useful information to parents and schools.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would let parents have their students opt out of standardized testing.

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