ERIC Number: ED375156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May-17
Reference Count: N/A
Assembly Education Committee Report on the New Jersey Skills Testing Program Pursuant to AR-113.
Rocco, John A.; And Others
The New Jersey Assembly Education Committee studied the development and administration of the New Jersey Department of Education's skills testing program. A committee meeting received testimony about the program and reviewed correspondence. The committee has found that the academic standards of the state must be raised and that a high school proficiency test is essential to this goal. Accountability, student motivation, instructional reform, and the improvement of basic skills performance are outcomes expected from the high school proficiency test. The Committee finds testing in eleventh grade to be rather late, limiting chances for remediation. Testimony on efforts to develop a high school proficiency test for the state has led the Committee to the conclusion that a commercially developed test might save the state money. A commercial test would also allow the public to see how students measure up nationally and internationally. Potential legal challenges are reviewed, and a merger of the high school proficiency test and College Basic Skills Placement Test is suggested. Establishment of a bipartisan committee on testing issues is also recommended. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Office of Legislative Services, Trenton. Assembly Education Committee.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey