Executive Order Creates Nine Member Panel to Assess and Provide Recommendations
Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie today signed Executive Order No. 159 instituting a study commission that will review the effectiveness of all K-12 student assessments administered in New Jersey. The Commission is charged with reviewing and providing appropriate recommendations about the effectiveness of the volume, frequency, and impact of student testing occurring throughout New Jersey school districts, including those administered for college admission, college credit, and college pathways. The creation of this Commission will also help ensure the effectiveness of the Core Curriculum Content Standards, including the Common Core State Standards, and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) assessments.
“This Administration is committed to the educational success of every child, no matter the zip code,” said Governor Christie. “Since 2010 we’ve enacted a series of measures that implement rigorous standards, develop excellent educators, and use high quality student assessments to gauge the progress of student learning and the effectiveness of classroom instruction. Establishing this commission is just another step in ensuring we’re providing the best quality education possible to our students .”
Governor Christie has repeatedly reaffirmed his commitment to providing a high-quality education to every New Jersey child through a focus on improving teacher quality while expanding choices for families in failing school districts:
Membership of the Commission will be comprised of 9 appointees who have practical experience, knowledge, or expertise in the areas of education policy or administration and will serve without compensation. The Commission will have the ability to consult with education stakeholders, practitioners, experts or other knowledgeable individuals in the public or private sector on any aspect of its mission.
An initial report of recommendations will be presented to the Governor no later than December 31, 2014, with a final report to be issued by July 31, 2015.
The Commission will expire upon the Governor’s receipt of a report containing their final recommendations and a final report will be provided to the Legislature and made available to the public.
A copy of Executive Order No. 159 [pdf 25kB]
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