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PARCC warning -14 percent of NJ 11th graders opt out of controversial test

Between 3 and 14 percent of the state's public school students have opted out of a newly implemented standardized test, New Jersey's top education official said Wednesday.

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New Jersey – 1 in 7 11th graders skipped standardized test

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey education officials say roughly 1 in 7 high school juniors refused to take a new standardized test that was given last month in most districts.

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Lawmakers seek stricter checks on education contractors

State contractors with access to student information in New Jersey may soon have to undergo a criminal background check.

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New Jersey has the power to end PARCC, NJEA president says

At a recent public hearing on Gov. Chris Christie's budget proposal, NJEA president Wendell Steinhauer said one action taken by New Jersey could force the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests to disappear forever.

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Bill would let New Jersey parents opt out of tests

Parents might be able to allow their children to opt out of taking standardized tests in New Jersey schools.

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PARCC test social media monitoring causes new flap

For the organizations that give standardized tests, it's a common - and common-sense - security measure.

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Should Pearson monitor PARCC related social media? – Poll

As if PARCC wasn't controversial enough, Pearson, the vendor providing the test, is now under fire for monitoring social media related to its product.

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Why PARCC? New Jersey education commissioner explains

With all of the controversy swirling around the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams, many parents and teachers want to know why New Jersey decided to administer the exams in the first place. There are also many complaints about the Common Core curriculum.

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PARCC threat? Hespe says too many NJ opt-outs could put school aid at risk

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top education official is warning that school districts could lose some federal funding if too many students skip a new standardized test that is being given this month.

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Common Core – Poll shows New Jerseyans know little about it

The controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams have started in most school districts throughout the state this month, but a new poll reveals most New Jersey residents admit they don't know much about the Common Core education standards that are aligned with the standardized tests.

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