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October 9, 2015

This special announcement will provide you with up-to-date information on pertinent educational issues that are part of the State Board's agenda.

Eyes on the NJ State Board of Education
Meeting Date: October 7, 2015
Commissioner's Report
New Jersey Teacher of the Year
Chelsea Collins, a sixth-grade language arts teacher from Salem County, was selected the 2015-2016 State Teacher of the Year. Education Commissioner David Hespe and the State Board of Education honored Collins and the other four finalists at a special ceremony during the State Board meeting.

Newark Public Schools 
Chris Cerf, State District Superintendent of the State-Operated School District of the City of Newark, shared a status report that covered the opening of school, student achievement, the ground-breaking teacher contract, and the budget gap.

State Operation of the Jersey City Public Schools
The State Board adopted a resolution to return the functions of personnel and operations to local control in the Jersey City School District.

PARCC Update
NJDOE Assistant Commissioner Bari Erlichson informed the State Board that on October 23rd, PARCC will release a full test worth of questions in each grade and subject area. The release also will include student work, scoring rubrics and annotations from scorers. In addition, she provided resources for understanding and taking action from PARCC scores. A resource titled, "Understanding the Score Report," lets parents know what to expect and provides tips on how they can support their child.

Week of Respect
Old Bridge Twp. Public Schools' Chief Education Officer David Cittadino & Assistant Superintendent Kathleen Hoeker presented the district's character education journey. The NJASA enewsletter On Target recently featured the district's program.

NJDOE Broadband Initiative Report on the Broadband Component of the Digital Readiness for Learning and Assessment Project (DRLAP)   
NJDRLAP-Broadband reduced the price of Internet access by 76% for 145 participating school organizations across New Jersey, increasing their bandwidth 2.5 times while saving them $89 million.  
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at agallagher@njasa.net or 609-599-2900, ext. 126.  

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Anne H. Gallagher
NJASA Director of Communications