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Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R-Denville).

Bergen urges against spring standardized tests

By Nikita Biryukov, February 02 2021 5:22 pm

Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R-Denville) urged state authorities to reverse course on a plan to continue standardized testing amid the pandemic Tuesday.

“The burden of this pandemic is falling squarely on the shoulders of our children,” he said. “We should be focused on getting them back to normalcy. That should include prioritizing teachers for vaccines and getting school back to full day in-person instruction. Standardized testing is an unnecessary distraction from the things that will work.”

The Department of Education last week announced it would move ahead with standardized testing come spring. Last year, the state applied for and received a waiver that allowed it to defer exams.

“If New Jersey can apply for a waiver, Governor Murphy shouldn’t think twice about accepting it,” Bergen said.

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