NJ Assembly OKs scaling back scope of PARCC tests

The New Jersey Assembly has voted in favor of a measure that would bar educators from using new standardized tests to determine student placement for three years.

Lawmakers approved the bill Monday. It’s aimed at addressing some parents’ concerns surrounding the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests.

The bill bars the state Education Department from using the test as a way to determine students’ placement in advanced or gifted programs for three years, beginning with the next school year.

It also prevents state officials from using the test as a graduation requirement.

The tests have drawn mixed reactions.

Critics argue teachers spend too much time with test preparation, while supporters say it deserves a chance to succeed.

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