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A student takes the PARCC test (CBS New York)
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PARCC tests – NJ parents, students worry about the impact of opting out

With testing for the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) set to begin at most schools on Monday some parents are still wondering what will happen if they have their children opt out of the test.

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Assembly Chambers (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Assembly approves bill scaling back scope of PARCC tests

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Assembly has voted in favor of a measure that would bar educators from using new standardized tests to determine student placement for three years.

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(Credit Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
(Credit Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
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PARCC testing – Is it causing too much anxiety?

Today is the official start of the PARCC exam, which has been controversial since the beginning.

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Many Americans are still confused about Common Core Standards. (monkeybusinessimages, ThinkStock)
Many Americans are still confused about Common Core Standards. (monkeybusinessimages, ThinkStock)
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Common Core confusion is evident in new education poll

As students in New Jersey and around the nation get ready to take standardized tests like the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams, a new national survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind released Thursday reveals a lot of Americans have no idea about the Common Core State Standards behind the exams.

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4th grade teacher taking PARCC
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Parents and teachers find the PARCC test challenging

Do you think you could pass the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test? More than 200 parents and teachers gathered at Middlesex County College Thursday evening to find out. 

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A parent voices her concerns about the PARCC test during a hearing in Jersey City Wednesday. (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
A parent voices her concerns about the PARCC test during a hearing in Jersey City Wednesday. (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Bill prevents PARCC tests from being used for placement

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey might bar using a new standardized test as a way to determine placement for three years.

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How parents and teachers can take the PARCC test

Jim has been mentioning this on air and wanted to provide the link for those of you that are thinking of taking the PARCC exam.

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Students taking tests
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Poll: NJ wants schools held accountable, but not with test scores

The majority of New Jersey residents are happy with their schools, but they also think more accountability is necessary. Standardized tests like the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams are not embraced as the best way to evaluate the performance of either teachers or students according to a new Monmouth University poll released Wednesday.

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Students take a standardized test
Students take a standardized test (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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VOTE: Do you think the PARCC testing is a good or bad thing for NJ students?

Are kids being too prepared for college? is there such a thing as being overly prepared for life?

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Wendall Steinhauer, president of the New Jersey Education Association, on the air with host Eric Scott, left. (Toniann Antonelli, Townsquare Media)
Wendall Steinhauer, president of the New Jersey Education Association, on the air with host Eric Scott, left. (Toniann Antonelli, Townsquare Media)
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WATCH: NJEA president: ‘No fix’ to the PARCC controversy

Two education experts joined host Eric Scott in the studio Thursday night for a special installment of NJ 101.5's Town Hall Series on the pros and cons of New Jersey's Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test, known as PARCC.

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