I had the pleasure of hearing Mel Katz speak last night at the Study Commission and she blew everyone away. It is so encouraging to see a young woman on the road to becoming a teacher show such fire for education. So many children in the future will be so fortunate to be in her class and will benefit from hearing her tell stories about how she fought for them. Bravo. Mel!
The College of New Jersey
Study Commission on the Use of Student Assessments in New Jersey Public Testimony
Good afternoon and thank you for the opportunity to speak. My name is Melissa Katz and I am 19 years old. I am currently an Urban Elementary Education Major at The College of New Jersey enrolled in a 5-year Master’s Program.
The “Study Commission on the Use of Student Assessments in New Jersey” last Friday afternoon released their preliminary report (1. nothing like releasing a report on a Friday late afternoon and 2. quite funny how the report is dated Dec. 31st – as that’s when it was ‘due’ – yet we’re seeing it less than a week before public testimony).
In quoting a research study entitled Testing Overload in America’s Schools (2014), as reported by Melissa Lazarin of the Center for American Progress, the Study Commission Report on page…
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