As the New Jersey Governorâ€™s race heats up, the candidates are staking out their positions on PARCC â€“ the multi-state consortium that is sponsoring common standardized tests.
The kids hate PARCC.Â They hate all standardized tests. Â No surprise there.
Parents listen to children. Â Many parents are opposed too.Â It didnâ€™t help that during the roll-out scores were low, frustrating kids and parents alike.
The teachers union, NJEA, dislikes PARCC testing. Â As an organization, it is opposed to any initiative to measure teacher performance. Â It likes the current tenure system under which it is almost impossible to fire a New Jersey teacher.Â PARCC threatens to overturn that seniority system.
Phil Murphy â€“ against PARCC
Itâ€™s not surprising that Phil Murphy, a Democrat, would seek the endorsement of the NJEA, the teachers union. Â In August 2016, Murphy posted his position on PARCC on his campaign website. Â He proposed to end PARCC testing and eliminate the exit test graduation requirement.Â In October, the NJEA endorsed him for governor.
Murphy hedges his bets by proposing the New Jersey â€œCreate new and innovative tests to track student progress.â€ Â How a homegrown New Jersey test bank could be cheaper or better than a multi-state cooperative is unknown.
John Wisniewski â€“ against PARCC
John Wisniewski, Democrat, has not taken a public stand on PARCC. Â NJEA is his fourth largest contributor, so we may reasonably assume that his views are parallel.
Jack Ciattarelli â€“ for PARCC
Jack, a Republican, voted in favor of retaining PARCC scores as part of teacher evaluation in September 2016.
Rudy RulloÂ â€“Â against PARCC
Jim Johnson – unknown
Johnson on his website takes no position on PARCC.
Monica Brinson – unknown
Monica Brinson, Democrat, has taken no position on PARCC.
Steve Rogers â€“ against PARCC
Steve Rogers, Republican, is opposed to PARCC.
Rogersâ€™ position is peculiar for a cop. Â Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have exactly the same firearms qualification test â€“ the FBI standard. Â Why there should be common standards in every police department but not every school?