At its Nov. 7 meeting, the New Jersey State Board of Education is scheduled to hear public testimony on proposed changes to required state tests for students.

Anyone who would like to speak may reserve a time by registering online or calling the State Board office at (609) 376-9071. Registration deadline is Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.

The State Board of Education voted on Oct. 3 to modify current requirements for state graduation tests at the high school level. The original proposal would have reduced the number of tests in high school from six to two.  The State Board amended the proposal to reduce testing in high school from six to four tests.

During the campaign, Gov. Murphy had pledged to abolish the tests prepared by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet this spring proposed scaling back the required high school tests to just Algebra 1 and 10th grade language arts.

Pushback from legislative leaders and State Board members led to the current compromise.