NJ School District Passes Resolution Opposing PARCC Grad Requirement

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The East Brunswick Public Schools Board of Education passed a resolution at their May 12th meeting opposing PARCC as a graduation requirement for New Jersey students.

Greater Media Newspapers (NJ) reports:

After calls from the community to take a stand against the state’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) test, the East Brunswick Board of Education passed a resolution in opposition to using the test as a requirement for graduation.

“This is absolutely a victory, and we are very deeply appreciative that the Board of Education (BOE) listened to the concerns of a growing number of parents in the district, gave it thoughtful consideration and took action today to pass a resolution like 11 other districts have done around the state,” said Deborah Cornavaca, a district parent who at past board meetings had spoken out against the PARCC test.

The board passed the resolution at its May 12 meeting, becoming one in more than 10 school districts throughout the state to denounce a proposal by the Department of Education to make the PARCC test a requirement to graduate from high school.

“The board thought very long, hard and thoughtfully on what the community had requested, and they believe this resolution represents a position that the board is comfortable with and meets the needs of all the parents who expressed concern about the PARCC possibly becoming a graduation requirement,” Superintendent Victor Valeski said after the meeting. “I think it was a compromise between the community and the BOE.”

The resolution was passed unanimously with three board members, Holly Howard, Meredith Shaw and Laurie Lachs, absent for the vote.