NJ Department of Education: Please Stop the Misinformation & Intimidation!

Please ask the New Jersey Department of Education to cease immediately its campaign of misinformation and intimidation against its own citizens!

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has engaged in inappropriate actions intended to intimidate parents into having their children participate in the upcoming PARCC tests. These actions include:

  • Threatening school districts with the loss of federal aid if less than 95% of their students participate in PARCC testing. There is no reason to believe that the US Department of Education will withhold federal aid from schools because parents refuse the PARCC tests for their children.1
  • Telling school districts that poor participation rates on PARCC tests will result in poor scores on the NJ School Performance Reports that are issued by the NJDOE.
  • Suggesting that the NJDOE would punish school districts not meeting the 95% participation rate with onerous corrective action plans.
  • Telling school board members that adopting a humane refusal policy could be considered an ethics violation by the School Ethics Commission.
  • Telling school districts that they could face sanctions if it appears as if a district or a Board of Education is encouraging families to refuse taking the PARCC in any way.

These actions are intended to intimidate school districts into adopting punitive policies towards children whose parents refuse the PARCC tests and intimidate parents into having their children participate in the PARCC tests.  

Please ask the New Jersey Commissioner of Education to cease immediately this campaign of misinformation and intimidation against the people of New Jersey!

1 https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurSchoolsNJ/posts/915180381848456

This petition has a goal of 2000 signatures
1-25 of 2980 signatures
Number Date Name Location
2980 2.1 years ago yadira sampedro Hillside, NJ
2979 2.1 years ago Yarenlla Toledo Hillside , NJ
2978 3 years ago Anonymous Wayne, NJ
2977 3 years ago Anonymous FAIR LAWN, NJ Let educators judge educators!!! Not tests!!!!!!!!!!!!
2976 3.1 years ago Anonymous Springfield , NJ I'm disgusted.
2975 3.2 years ago Anonymous Hamilton, NJ
2974 3.2 years ago Francois Cornilliat Princeton, NJ
2973 3.2 years ago Anonymous Rochelle Park, NJ I've been an educator for 35 years and have seen these types of tests come and go over the years. In preparing my students for these tests, I find that I teach less content & in less depth than I d...
2972 3.2 years ago Tracy Glock Twp. of Washington, NJ My son was out of school for a severe head injury, surgery and surgical complications extended period of time. Upon his return focus was placed on preparing for the PARCC and practicing the interfa...
2971 3.2 years ago Anonymous Hawthorne, NJ
2970 3.2 years ago Valerie Wright North Plainfield, NJ My son had major surgery and was out of school for an extended amount of time. Some of his teacher's have focused purely on test content, neglecting to address the basic concepts he missed during hi...
2969 3.2 years ago Anonymous Turnersville, NJ
2968 3.2 years ago Lynn Roberts Teaneck, NJ
2967 3.2 years ago melissa glick east brunswick, NJ
2966 3.2 years ago Marqueritha Clarke Teaneck, NJ
2965 3.2 years ago Anonymous Montclair, NJ Pearson developed this test but did educators write it?
2964 3.2 years ago Frances Mammarella moorestown, NJ
2963 3.2 years ago Janet Kelly Middletown , NJ I cannot support a test that has a third party collecting information on my children to make profits in the future. Any profit making test cannot be trusted.
2962 3.2 years ago Robert Wayman Riverside, NJ
2961 3.2 years ago Kathleen Ferriero Howell, NJ
2960 3.2 years ago Anonymous Hazlet, NJ
2959 3.2 years ago Anonymous Princeton, NJ
2958 3.2 years ago Anonymous paterson, NJ Estimado Comisionado Hespe, Ha llegado a nuestra atención que el Departamento de Educación de Nueva Jersey (NJDOE) ha participado en acciones inapropiadas destinados a intimidar a los padres...
2957 3.2 years ago Carol Gay Brick, NJ
2956 3.2 years ago Jan Coviello chatham, NJ
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