>BOE President Bombace Stumbles by Declaring NJ State Education Standards Good Enough for Ridgewood
>Now we know what he really thinks. In an effort to shift blame for the poor math programs in two Ridgewood elementary schools (Travell & Orchard) Bombace lays an egg. Defending TERC, which is currently under assault by parents and esteemed math professors from Stanford, Harvard and New York Universities, Mark Bombace declared at last night’s BOE meeting that the Board’s job is to “play the game” and meet the NJ standards for educational achievement. He added that the current math program, a/k/a “Investigations in Number Data and Space,” helps students meet these standards according to the data he has seen. Mr. Bombace, what planet are you living on? What school district do you currently preside over? What are you thinking? Does your lack of a college degree excuse this inexcusable low balling of the goals for Ridgewood students?
About those NJ Standards: The HSPA (High School Proficiency Assessment), given to 12th Graders in NJ as a graduation test, is a test of 8TH GRADE SKILLS. This is widely known and admitted to by no less than NJ’s Education Commissioner Lucille Davy. So, to graduate in NJ, you need to have an 8th grade education to have achieved the NJ proficiency standard. Mr. Bombace are you still with us? One could easily extrapolate to surmise that this 4-year gap does not magically happen between 10th, 11th and 12th grade, but is a gradual lessening of proficiency throughout K-12 schooling as REQUIRED of the lowly NJ State standards. So, in New Jersey, an 8th grader could be expected to be, say, two, three or four years behind and still meet the NJ Standards. That 8th grader could be competently completing 5th grade work, and NJ would smile on him, as would Mr. Bombace.
Math professors have assailed TERC as leaving 5th graders two years behind in math competency. But Bombace is perfectly alright with this because a 5th grader in Ridgewood educated with TERC who is two years behind still meets the NJ State Standards. In Bombace’s world, “Are we smarter than a fifth grader” is more than just a clever TV show.
It’s true that, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste” that is, of course, unless you never really had a competent one in the first place