Education department confident that testing rollout will hit its mark, some school administrators uneasy about 2014-2015 deadline

By John Mooney

The future of state testing is starting to be felt in New Jersey’s school districts, as schools push to get up to speed with the technology that will be needed for the new online assessments.

The testing — which is being developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) — is about to go through its first pilot evaluations in a about a dozen districts. State officials said it remains on track to be in place for the 2014-2015 school year.

Translation: by the spring of 2015, close to 1 million students between Grades 3 and 11 are expected to sit at laptops or tablets taking their annual state math and language arts exams.

That will be no small technological feat for an education infrastructure that plays catch-up every year as it is.


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