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.
According to the governor’s office, “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.”
Membership of the Commission will be comprised of 9=nine appointees who have “practical experience, knowledge, or expertise in the areas of education policy or administration and will serve without compensation,” according to the front office.
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, with a final report to be issued by July 31, 2015.