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We all agree that our nation’s future depends on the quality of the education that our children receive today.

While we all appreciate the importance of a great public education system, many people don’t understand how public policy decisions made by state and federal lawmakers can affect our education system –both positively and negatively.

Parent Connections will serve as a resource to parents so that they can be better informed on educational policy debates such as school funding, testing, school choice and others. In addition, school governance is a subject that is rarely discussed but is of equal importance.  Parent Connections will serve as a resource explaining "who does what" in public education.

If you have a question on school governance or education policy that you do not see addressed on this webpage, please contact us and we will quickly respond to your inquiry.

Latest Parent Connection Blog

The PARCC Dress is it White and Gold or Blue and Black?

March 18th, 2015


Ray Pinney

Recently the buzz on social media was all about “the dress.”  When looking at photos of a dress, some people saw blue and black and some people saw white and gold. 

In a little lunchtime experiment here at NJSBA, a group of staffers couldn’t agree on the colors of the dress—although we were all looking at the same exact picture. Frankly, when you are staring at something that is definitely white and gold, you think there must be something wrong with anyone who looks at the same picture and sees blue and black.

Eventually there was an article that explained the science behind why people saw different colors in the dress.  It was all in good fun, and we’ve moved on.

In New Jersey education, we have our own dress debate surrounding the PARCC tests. But it is anything but fun.  To some, this test is a great leap forward. It will provide educators and parents with important feedback on our students’ progress toward meeting state academic standards, and will help increase student achievement.  To others, the PARCC tests have been rushed, will yield little information, and take time away from teaching. 

Parents are understandably bewildered, since they are being bombarded by conflicting stories, and it is hard to figure out who is correct. They are being told the “true color” of this test  before they look at it. Read the rest of this entry »

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