Even more tests appear to be in the future of New Jersey’s high school students.
Recently, Gov. Chris Christie proposed replacing the state’s High School Proficiency Assessment, which most students have to pass to graduate, with a group of end-of-course exams for those in grades 9 through 11.
The change is needed, according to Christie, because the HSPA only measures achievement at an eighth-grade level, and that’s not good enough for the modern world. At recent budget hearings, state college presidents said they wind up spending thousands of hours and millions of dollars on remedial courses to bring freshmen up to collegiate level because these new students are coming in unprepared.
Obviously, students need to have the appropriate skills to succeed in college or in the workforce and schools that graduate those who lack these skills are failing them and failing society.
But should students