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All ELC news stories are archived here in reverse chronological order. They are also categorized by state in the menu on the left, with New Jersey further broken out into separate subject areas.

PUTTING HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS TO THE TEST

Published on: September 11, 2013

NJ’s high graduation rates have been sustained by assessment policies that give students various ways to meet State standards called “multiple pathways.” However, the onset of the PARCC assessments could significantly narrow those alternatives.

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BACK TO SCHOOL 2013: IMMIGRATION STATUS CANNOT BE USED TO DENY ENROLLMENT

Published on: September 10, 2013

As NJ students return to school this fall, it is important for families to know what is required to prove residency for the purposes of school admission. Just as important is an understanding of what is not required and when a school district is in violation of the law.

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PUTTING HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS TO THE TEST

Published on: September 9, 2013

NJ will need new assessment policies when current high school tests are replaced by new Common Core exams in the spring of 2015, in order to avoid a decrease in the number of high school graduates and an increase in dropouts.

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PUTTING HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS TO THE TEST

Published on: September 5, 2013

More than 200,000 freshmen and sophomores will enter NJ’s public high schools this fall, and they all have one thing in common: none of them knows what they have to do to graduate.

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ADVOCACY EFFORT TRIGGERS COMMISSIONER'S REVERSAL ON ELIMINATION OF HIB REGULATION

Published on: September 4, 2013

Commissioner Cerf has confirmed in a letter to legislators that the NJDOE will withdraw a controversial proposal to delete an existing requirement governing a school district's response to harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB).

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BEYOND THE HYPE: THE CREDO STUDY AND NJ CHARTER SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

Published on: August 13, 2013

In NJ, the CREDO charter school study released in late June was met with scant analysis and undue praise for improvements in charter school performance, but the national take-away was much more sobering.

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ADVOCATES ADVANCE RIGHTS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN NEW JERSEY

Published on: August 12, 2013

Advocates for New Jersey's more than 200,000 students with disabilities have recently succeeded in protecting and advancing these students’ educational rights before the State Board of Education and the State Legislature.

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NJDOE SEEKS TO ELIMINATE CRITICAL SUPPORTS FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS

Published on: July 15, 2013

In a radical change to longstanding practice, the NJDOE is proposing to end the requirement that school districts provide quality, needs-based alternative education settings for at-risk students who are removed from general education. 

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