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The bill is facing some opposition from critics who say test scores keep districts and teachers accountable.
State education leaders voted to change the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment passing scores to 725, down from the original 750 scores.
The state Department of Education recommended lowering the passing score but some board members worried that could reduce career and college readiness.
Last year, the state adopted a higher passing score than one recommended by education officials, but promised to review the results to determine if New Jersey should lower the benchmark for juniors this year.
Emails obtained by Chalkbeat Newark show the growing tensions among students and pleas from frustrated teachers and a parent asking school leaders to stop and prevent racist harassment on campus.
This year, incoming high schoolers are required to take their admissions test in early February but Newark has not clarified if the exam will be given to students this year.
After years of negotiating, Newark Public Schools and NJ Transit will launch a monthly bus pass program for high school students next year.
The Newark Community Street Team will partner with the Newark Opportunity Youth Network charter school to support student mental health and provide violence prevention and intervention.
New Jersey’s largest school district welcomes back more than 38,000 students to Newark schools with its mask mandate still in place.
In 2019, a Newark Public Schools teacher filed a lawsuit against the former Sussex Avenue principal Darleen Gearhart alleging harassment, retaliation, and discrimination in the workplace. The lawsuit is ongoing.
Two new principals take the helm at Science Park and Vocational High Schools.
Talena Lachelle Queen focuses on love in her classroom and infuses poetry in her language arts class.
Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark has struggled with violence and low academic achievement for years, even as parents and employees pleaded for help.
KIPP’s Stephanie Rivera-Beltre helps students aim high and apply to college. It’s her dream job.
On Thursday, the Newark Board of Education will take a final vote on an amendment which, if passed, will establish the district’s first Student Governance Committee.
Newark high school seniors will be required to complete the FAFSA or the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application, according to a new rule Newark’s school board adopted Tuesday.
High schoolers who choose to return to Newark campuses will stay in the same classroom with the same teacher all day.
The School of Architecture and Interior Design is expected to open September 2022 at the site of the former St. James Hospital in Newark’s East Ward.
As students nationwide struggle with remote learning, Newark high schools are trying to keep students from failing — in at least one case, by banning Fs, teachers say.
Newark’s new “specialized” schools will choose which students to admit based on their grades, test scores, interviews, and other criteria.