Rible Lauds Creation of Student Assessments Study Commission (Trenton, NJ) – Continuing his efforts to reduce excessive student testing, Assembly Republican Conference Leader David Rible today called Gov. Christie’s creation of a commission to review the effectiveness of all K-12 student assessments a positive move in the right direction for students and teachers. “Excessive testing has taken on a life of its own. We need to allow teachers to spend more time teaching and preparing students for future success instead of teaching them how to take tests,” said Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean. “The key is finding the right balance that will allow our schools to prepare our children for success but, at the same time, lets our kids be kids. This study commission is a positive first step.” Rible sponsors the following package of bills related to student assessments: • A-2723 prohibits school districts from administering standardized tests not required by state and federal governments without approval from the Department of Education (DOE). • A-2724 allows parents to opt out of having their children’s data disclosed. Data is often obtained as part of standardized testing. • A-3327 requires DOE to approve testing vendors. • ACS-308 delays the use of data from the PARCC test and creates a task force to study the implementation of Common Core and the impact of the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. #### On the Net: http://www.NJAssemblyRepublicans.com NJ Assembly Republicans on Facebook NJ Assembly Republicans on Twitter
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