Bills to Keep and Eye On – May 2014

Here are a few pieces of legislation to keep an eye on. For more information, please refer to pages 1 and 2 of the NJEA Reporter.

S-1841 and A-2901 have been introduced in the legislature, and if passed and signed by the governor would require that
The annual summative evaluation rating of a teaching staff member for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years not include any SGP.
The PARCC, or any similar assessment, would not be administered in the 2014-15 school year.

A-3081 would establish an Education Task Force to analyze the implementation and potential effects of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the teacher evaluation system, and the use of PARCC assessments.

A-3079 would prohibit the administration of any commercially-developed assessments to students in grades K-2.

A-3077 would require that school districts provide parents with information on any state assessment or commercially-developed standardized assessment administered to their students in that school year.

A-2723/S-1581 would prohibit any school district from requiring standardized testing beyond those required under state or federal law.

A-2732 would require that the degree of parental involvement be considered so that teachers are not evaluated negatively for factors beyond their control.

Please note that all of these bills have only been introduced and not passed by the legislature nor signed into law by the governor.

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