David Hespe, New Jersey Education Commissioner, defends PARCC testing, and says parents should be insisting on it.
State Education Commissioner David Hespe said yesterday that her evaluation will continue into its final week, but gave clear signals that she was still in the administration's favor.
"We continue to be pleased," he
When asked about the intense community and legislative criticism, especially about the One Newark plan that was implemented last fall, Hespe
discounted the problems as nothing unexpected.
continues to make progress, and some of these things take time," he
But that's not even close to the attention that came from both the district, which provided 24-hour security, and from state officials, including Hespe
"We certainly followed what was happening, but we also needed to make sure (the superintendent) had full flexibility to handle what was going on," said Hespe
yesterday when asked about the state's role.
Still, the commissioner said he
was briefed each day, and top department staff were on hand in Newark
"We followed it very closely," Hespe