Leader in Education:
In this video press release, Assembly Education Committee Chair Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. (D-Middlesex) discusses his legislation that examines the current implementation of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized test in New Jersey's schools.
The PARCC is replacing the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge and will be administered to all students in grades 3-11 in March.
Diegnan's parental opt-out legislation (A-4165) was slated for discussion only in the Education Committee.
The second bill (A-4190) would prohibit the state Department of Education from using the PARCC test to determine a student's placement in a gifted and talented program, placement in another program or intervention, grade promotion, as the state graduation proficiency test, or as a component of any evaluation rubric submitted to the DOE for three years, beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.
Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. speaks during a hearing before the Assembly Education Committee as they consider a bill about Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy at the State House Annex in Trenton on Monday, June 14, 2010. (AUGUSTO F. MENEZES/Staff) 11141 - METRO.
(Photo: A.F. MENEZES/MyCentralJersey)
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My political philosophy:
These are challenging times for our state and our nation. For the first time many Americans fear for the future of their children and grandchildren. We are the greatest democracy in the history of mankind. We must work together, regardless of party affiliation, to return New Jersey to its history of achievement and innovation. This is where Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein literally changed the world as we know it. Where Frank Sinatra taught us about "My Way" . . . where The Boss was Born to Run and Boni Jovi told us to Make a Memory. I am a firm believer that New Jersey's best days lie ahead and I am proud and honored to be able to contribute to that bright future as a member of the legislature.
– Assemblyman Partick Diegnan
18th Legislative District
Leader in the District
On a special Meet the Leaders from the State House in Trenton, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan discusses some of the major issues being tackled by the New Jersey Legislature as the fiscal year is drawing to a close.