New Jersey Senate panel passes bills affecting standardized tests

A ban on standardized tests in kindergarten through the second grade has come one step closer to becoming law.

New Jersey Senate weighs bills affecting standardized tests

New Jersey Senate weighs bills affecting standardized tests

TRENTON - A ban on standardized tests in kindergarten through the second grade has come one step closer to becoming law.

The Senate Education Committee on Monday passed a bill prohibiting such tests. The Assembly passed a similar bill unanimously in March.

The panel also approved a handful of other bills aimed at the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test.

One measure prohibits withholding state aid based on a school's participation rate on standardized tests.

Other legislation requires the state provide parents with detailed information on which standardized tests to expect each year as well as a list of third-party vendors involved with the tests.

Another requires school districts to publish a list of students taking the PARCC.

Legislators held a bill requiring background checks for some contractors.

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