Time for the students and parents to just opt out of the stupid tests (go to United Opt Out National ) and just put down your pencils. Then you can begin to think again, learn and innovate and figure out a way to rebuild your communities. Find ways to stop the damage being done to the environment as Exxon runs commercials about how important teachers are while controlling the science curriculum on climate change and energy.
Duncan, ever heard of Service Learning? Didn't think so. Perhaps some of the RTTT funds for measuring and testing and holding teachers accountable for students' scores, scores of homeless, neglected, hungry and poor students, the ones who are now in shelters all across the northeast, could go to rebuild those schools and communities. Is that "common" core standard on the NJ ASK?
New Jersey school testing has been disrupted by hurricane Sandy.
Schools were reopening today in many parts of the state, state officials said, but hundreds of districts remained closed for a fifth straight day and maybe into next week as power was slow to be restored in vast swaths of New Jersey.
That left school officials grappling with how to make up days on a calendar that had only just begun, with the state’s 180-day requirement unlikely to budge, if history is any indication.
In 1995, districts saw snow days pile up into the teens, but the state did not waive the 180-day statutory mandate and instead required districts to make up the days elsewhere, including shortening winter, spring or summer breaks.
State officials yesterday said any such decisions would be premature, but others said they expected districts would need to make up the days as best they can. Most have two or three snow days already built in, but any days on top of that would come out of the existing calendar.