PARCC flight – Education chief bails out of hearing unannounced, Facebookers say
Once again, social media is becoming the news breaker we all thought it would be.
And tt’s funny some of the things you find out when reading the comments left by Facebookers.
Here’s the latest wrinkle in the PARCC test controversy.
At a PARCC test conference held today at Camden County College, one commenter to our Facebook page reported that Education Commissioner David Hespe
“….left after announcing a 15 minute break at Camden County College today. 15 people were still on deck to testify. His actions speak volumes. No good bye. No thank you for your testimony. Nothing. Just gone!!
…15 more to testify and HESPE has left the building! No thank you no speech no nothing just left! Guess he had enough browbeating for one day!!
I’m reminded of the town hall meetings former Governor Jon Corzine held in trying to sell his toll hike plan to the public which was to turn borrow money against the Turnpike and Parkway in order to replenish the pension fund, plus fund other projects – yet jack tolls up on those roads by whopping amounts.
He bailed on the meetings the farther south he’d gotten down the Parkway – due to the increased resistance to the plan.
Could be the same kind of resistance David Hespe is encountering from outraged parents over their children having to take PARCC.
And it gets even murkier as classes were delayed today in one district in order to instruct teachers on how to administer PARCC.
In Hamilton, according to assistant superintendent Steven Bollar, teachers were originally scheduled to undergo training on Tuesday morning – but it was cancelled due to the snow – only to be made up today – again wasting valuable classroom time.
According to Bollar, the first round of PARCC testing will begin for Hamilton high school students on Friday and for elementary and middle school students on March. Students will also undergo PARCC "end-of-year" testing in late April.
"it is extremely important that Hamilton Township teachers get the appropriate training to administer the PARCC assessment properly."
A friend with intimate knowledge of the situation tells me that the way the test is administered, students will have to log in with their own log-in and password; then try and navigate the site.
In my friend's opinion, it looks hard enough for high school students who will begin the first round of testing tomorrow - but it will probably be even worse for the younger students who will begin taking the test in March.
Has all the makings of a train-wreck written all over it.
And all our Education Commissioner can do is walk out on meetings.