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Community colleges to use controversial PARCC tests for student placement

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Community colleges to use controversial PARCC tests for student placement

MARCH 24, 2015, 2:03 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2015, 10:00 PM
BY HANNAN ADELY
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

In New Jersey’s march to roll out new academic standards and testing in public schools, some of the strongest and most vocal support has come from the state’s colleges and universities.

Now, in the latest measure of faith in the exams, the council of 19 community college presidents announced that they plan to use scores on the new tests for student placement next year. It will be the first time the tests have consequences for students.

“These scores will be a valuable tool for colleges in our work to help high school students avoid remediation and begin study in college-level courses,” the New Jersey Council of County Colleges said in a joint statement Monday.

By embracing the tests — which are designed to measure students’ knowledge of the more rigorous standards — college officials are at odds with many parents who have protested their use in schools and kept their children out of the exams. But higher education officials say the new system will better prepare students for college and prevent many of them from having to take remedial classes.

https://www.northjersey.com/news/community-colleges-to-use-controversial-parcc-tests-for-student-placement-1.1294635

2 thoughts on “Community colleges to use controversial PARCC tests for student placement

  1. Sounds like a move in the right direction.

  2. Many schools test for class placement. Accessing the PARCC scores saves time and money.

    Colleges will not use them for admissions. That is a different business.

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