OUR PRINCIPLES REGARDING STATE TESTS
New Jersey students are among the most successful in the country. But there is an increasing awareness that too many children leave our schools unprepared for the demands of today’s colleges and careers. In 2010, New Jersey adopted higher quality academic standards to align classroom expectations with the skills students need to succeed. In 2016, these standards were updated to include recommendations of teams of teachers, parents, administrators, supervisors and other stakeholders about what is best for New Jersey students.
Our teachers and students have transitioned to statewide assessments aligned to these high quality academic standards. Recognizing that tests can be a source of apprehension and even misinformation, We Raise NJ has come together to support parents and educators as they help our children, according to the following principles:
- We recognize that students are more than their test results and respect teachers’ and families’ perspectives in making academic decisions for students based on all information available to assist them.
- We are committed to fair and meaningful assessments that are aligned to the academic skills all students will need to succeed in school, in college, or in the workforce. We are committed to assessments that provide parents with information about student progress that is timely, meaningful, and easy to understand.
- We will support teachers, school leaders, and parents in using information from the assessments to improve classroom instruction and to identify and address gaps in achievement.
- We will encourage the practice of using data to drive student progress by highlighting success in schools and districts.
- We endorse the use of technology to administer these assessments whenever possible in order to provide results quickly and to expand opportunities to use technology in the classroom.
- We are committed to the secure management of student data in compliance with all state and federal regulations that have been created to protect student privacy.
- We are committed to resolving any problems that arise with the assessments in a collaborative and constructive way to meet the needs of New Jersey students, parents, and educators.