|Special Review Assessment At the August meeting of the New Jersey State Board of Education, discussions on the proposed elimination of the Special Review Assessment continued and the resolution to amend the regulations was approved with revisions. Under the revisions eight-graders would no longer be eligible to take the Special Review Assessment; it would only be available to ninth-grade students.
In addition, the revisions request further detail from the Department of Education on alternatives to the High School Proficiency Assessment for students, particularly vocational and adult education students outside of the appeals process. NJSBA sent a letter to the commissioner offering support and assistance during the review of the regulations that implement the Special Review Assessment.
Professional Development The professional development and licensure code was passed at the first discussion level by the state board. The fourth phase in the readoption of the code contains numerous revisions in an effort to streamline the certification process. NJSBA is currently reviewing the proposed code and will be submitting comments to the Department of Education in the near future.
Regulations Adopted The state board adopted two newly revised regulations pertaining to School District Operations and Programs to Support Student Development. NJSBA weighed in heavily on these regulations and successfully had several requests for changes granted by the state board and the Department of Education.
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