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NJ Assembly to Weigh Scaling Back Scope of Standardized Tests

NJ Assembly to Weigh Scaling Back Scope of Standardized Tests
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New Jersey targets standardized tests

Educators would be barred from using new standardized tests to determine student placement for three years under legislation moving in the New Jersey Assembly.

Lawmakers are set to vote Monday on a bill 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, beginning with the next school year and continuing through the next three school years.

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

The tests have drawn mixed reactions.

Critics argue that teachers spend too much time preparing for the test, while supporters say it deserves a chance to succeed.