TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Christie's administration and Democratic lawmakers have reached an agreement on how much the results of new standardized tests will count in teachers' performance reviews.

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Education Commissioner David Hespe expressed agreement Tuesday at a Senate Budget hearing with Senate President Steve Sweeney and Education Committee chairwoman Teresa Ruiz.

The lawmakers wrote Hespe on Monday seeking to have student performance on Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers count for 10 percent of teachers' evaluations for another year.

Hespe says teachers and parents should be comfortable with the tests before raising stakes to the planned 30 percent mark.

The tests are aimed at measuring whether students meet nationwide standards. But critics say they are unfair and have been calling for boycotts.


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