After sitting on the assignment for four months, Governor Christie finally appointed the 9-member Commission on the Use of Student Assessments in New Jersey, leaving it with a scant 7 weeks – including the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks – to issue a preliminary report. Whether it will be possible for the commission to hold public hearings, take and digest expert testimony and research, and actually issue a report that fulfills its mission is uncertain. There’s certainly a lot of skepticism among the education community.
Is there a psychometrician in the house?
If policymakers wonder why educators are so skeptical about the use of student test scores for evaluation, one brief exchange at the NJEA Convention illustrated a big reason for that distrust. During the State Board of Education (SBOE) Forum, educators asked several questions about the upcoming PARCC exams. Halfway through the session, a young middle school teacher asked how student growth could be accurately calculated as New Jersey moves from the NJASK to the PARCC assessments. “I’m not a psychometrician,” said Assistant Commissioner of Education Peter Shulman, “but I’m going to do my best to answer.” Huh? Read More
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NJEA member wins Milken Educator Award
Tracy Espiritu, a teacher at the Dr. Albert Einstein Academy - School 29 in Elizabeth, and a member of the Elizabeth EA, recently received the Milken Educator Award, a $25,000 prize given to exemplary elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists.
NJEA member named one of top 25 women in dentistry
Judy Zirkle, a member from the Cumberland County Voc-Tech Education Association, has been making a difference in the lives of Cumberland County residents her entire career. As a native to the area, Zirkle knows firsthand the extreme need and oral health concerns in the region, and she has been working to provide quality care to those who would otherwise go without. She has been named one of the 25 women who have impacted the dental industry in 2014.
Steven Quinn, a mathematics and science educator, and co-applicant, Hielde Kress, of Milford School in Milford, New Jersey, have received a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to help students monitor the Delaware River for cleanliness and sustainability for its natural inhabitants.
RUTGERS TEACHER APPRECIATION
Rutgers Athletics would like to invite all teachers and their families out to the men's basketball game against Penn State on Saturday, Jan. 3. Learn how to get your discounted tickets.
NJEA and BEN-FM have partnered to educate the public about the important role Educational Support Professionals play in our schools and in our communities. Each month, BEN-FM features an NJEA ESP member in a 60-second radio ad talking about the contributions they make in their students’ education.
Digital Learning Day
Imagine traveling the world and connecting with experts on a multitude of topics without leaving the classroom. Thanks to Google Hangout, students at Edith Ort Thomas Elementary School in Frenchtown participate in Digital Learning Day.
ClassWish.org is a nonprofit organization that lets anybody make tax-deductible contributions to fund any resources for any school or any teacher in the country. Teachers, administrators and officers of teacher-parent organizations can create a Wish List of the resources their students need to succeed, and supporters can contribute toward school-wide needs at any K-12 school or towards specific teacher needs. More On-the-Web resources