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Three New Changes Coming to FRHSD

Superintendent Charles Sampson reveals and explains three new changes coming to the district: new Common Core Standards, new teacher evaluation model, and the phasing out of HSPA.

Superintendent Charles Sampson spelled out three new changes that will be coming to the over the next few years at the district's Board of Education meeting on Monday, including implementing the new teacher evaluation model, the introduction of new Common Core Standards, and the phasing out of HSPA and introduction of PARCC, a new student assessment of achievement.

On September 1, 2013, the state is changing the way in which teachers will be  evaluated. Acting Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf announced last mont that the teacher evaluation pilot program he initiated has been extended and now is allowing 30 districts within the state to participate in the program, according to the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA).

“We need time to reflect upon and learn from mistakes of districts traveling down the path we will be traveling,” Sampson said in his blog. The district must plan for the changes for next year now by adopting a teacher evaluation model and training teachers and administrators about this model, designed to evaluate teachers under specific criteria related to student achievement, Sampson explained.

While the state’s part in this implementation has yet to be spelled out, Sampson said that more information regarding these guidelines will be available within the next month or two.

The district is also phasing out High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) testing and switching to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). According to PARCC’s Web site, they "are a consortium of states working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and Math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers.”

Sampson said that within the next two years all of the students in the district will be taking their content specific tests on computers. These tests may occur as often as five times a year, he indicated.

PARCC tests claim to measure the full content of and skills called for in the English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics Common Core State Standards, which will be replacing previous New Jersey Standards.  The new standards offer high school students knowledge which current adults learned at later stages in life, according to Sampson.

“All three of these things are literally unfolding simultaneously and we’re going to have to manage that.” the superintendent said.  “And it’s going to take a great deal of time and effort to get it right.”

Curious George March 15, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Part of the shame goes to some of the newer members of the board who specifically ran in order to rid the district of the Breyer State stench...which still lingers. After all their big talk, they somehow succumbed to the same nonsense from the same lawyer who helped create the original mess in the first place. Where was their due dilligence in asking for some kind of serious internal investigation of the facts and then even asking Mr. Simon for his side of the story before bringing tenure charges and locking him out of his office? The sad thing about Mr. Simon's lawyer telling some of the board members who's terms are up, that they will be driven from office if this case goes against them is that most of the time, the incumbents run unopposed or by very weak candidates. That happened twice in Howell when both of the candidates, who have nepotism problems in the district, were overwhelmingly re-elected...Add to that, three other newly elected reps, who ran under the premise that this $hit will stop...all voted in favor of indicting Mr. Simon. There are so many unanswered questions as to the validity of these charges that this never should have gone through the way it did...Just when we all thought we were on the right track to getting this district straightened out, we're right back where we were 5 years ago.
BAD-BAD-BOE March 16, 2012 at 01:02 AM
There are a few people I wouldn't want to be right now and they are people who gave evidence against Mr. Simon and admitted to crimes. I read Mr. Simon's report and I saw all the affidavits so I am certain that what they did violated state and federal laws. The information is with the police already and should lead to charges against at least two staff members at Manalapan High School and possibly a third person in another district school.
metjet March 27, 2012 at 05:19 PM
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metjet March 27, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Get rid of the science supervisor. They don't do any labs in lab chemistry.
Tom May 03, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Changes I want to see: Drop the tenure charges against Mr. Simon! Stop wasting OUR money on a witch-hunt Reinstate Mr. Simon. My children go to the school and he is a great Principal and the charges are ridiculous and, obviously, political.

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