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New Jersey standardized test performance show discrepancies with minority performance

THURSDAY, JANUARY 06, 2011 17:21 PM

The state of New Jersey's public education system, which is facing significant budget cuts over the next year, recently learned that many students are still not up to par with standardized testing.

The Star-Ledger reports that the State Board of Education released findings on how students performed on the most recent standardized tests. Students were tested in both math and language arts last spring, with 11th graders participating in the High School Proficiency Assessment and younger grades taking the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK).

Jeff Hauger, director of assessment for the State Department of Education, gave a presentation of the standardized exams and noted that there were discrepancies between black and Hispanic student performance and how Asian and white students scored, according to the Asbury Park Press, which provides news to the Jersey Shore.

Acelio Aponte, the board president, said that something would need to change.

"Shame on the system ... Shame on the leadership of the system if we allow this to continue to happen,'' Aponte told the news provider.