Republicans for Hunterdon will sponsor a debate on the Common Core educational standards and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
The Common Core standards specify the academic skills students are expected to master at each grade level. The PARCC test is intended to measure how well students have learned those skills.
Common Core and PARCC have sparked considerable controversy in New Jersey, with proponents maintaining that they introduce higher standards and better accountability in the public school system and opponents arguing that they subject local school boards to standards designed outside New Jersey and adversely affect education by subjecting students and teachers to the consequences of poorly-designed “high-stakes testing.”
On Thursday [May 28, 2015] New Jersey Governor Chris Christie came out against Common Core, saying it is “simply not working.”
Michael Petrilli, President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, one of the country’s leading education-policy think tanks, will argue in favor of Common Core and high-stakes testing.
Arguing against will be Bob Bowdon, Executive Director of Choice Media, a nonprofit education news service. Bowdon created the The Cartel, an award-winning documentary about New Jersey public schools.
The debate will be moderated by former Congressman Dick Zimmer of Delaware Township, NJ, who is currently a trustee of the New Jersey School Choice and Education Reform Alliance.
Republicans for Hunterdon is a grassroots organization founded in 2012 to help elect principled Republicans to local office in Hunterdon County.
The debate will be free and open to all, regardless of political affiliation. It will be held at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the Flemington Woman’s Club, 43 Park Avenue, Flemington. Seats can be reserved at Eventbrite.com at http://bit.ly/1PSCmlo.