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Mr. David C. Hespe

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Education Commissioner

Phone: (609) ***-****  
Email: d***@***.net
Local Address:  New Jersey , United States

Employment History


  • Bachelor of Arts degree
    Rutgers University
  • Juris Doctor
    Rutgers University
199 Total References
Web References
AsburyParkEA Staff | Asbury Park Education Association, 12 Nov 2015 [cached]
"We have to be very careful in comparing one test to another," said state Education Commissioner David Hespe.
There is some wiggle room for each of the states when it comes to adhering to those designations, but Hespe said yesterday that he would recommend New Jersey follow PARCC's guidelines in setting its own passing or "cut" scores.
That's an especially important designation for high schools, where the PARCC cut-off could ultimately be the threshold for graduating or not.
The state Board of Education is expected to meet and decide on the "cut" scores next month.
"I will recommend that we rely on PARCC's process, it was a very good process," Hespe said afterward.
Garden State Coalition of Schools, 15 Sept 2015 [cached]
Program Attached, includes: Commissioner of Education David Hespe; Legislators Gary Schaer Assemblyman Budget Chair and Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Republican Budget Officer; Top NJ Journalists Michael Aron and John here on More for program details
Politicker NJ - Hespe says school funding in FY2016 budget follows five year increase
NJ Spotlight - In Letter to Hespe, Sweeney and Ruiz Ask for New Compromise on PARCC…Top Democrats request another year of limiting test results to 10 percent of a teacher's rating
3. PARCC scheduling may be different next year for high school students: Hespe said the Department of Education will "totally relook" at how the tests were delivered to 10th and 11th graders
4. Hespe defended Newark Public School's Educators Without Placement Pool: Hespe said high quality classroom instruction is the district's top priority
NJEA News Service - 'Stop attacking parents with their tax dollars' Steinhauer demands that Hespe retract opt-out threat
Star Ledger - 5 questions for education comissioner David Hespe on Newark schools
GSCS says "welcome and glad to have you back" Dave.
The Record - Acting N.J. Education Commissioner David Hespe supported in vote by state Senate panel
"Since his efforts leading the Education Transformation Task Force, Dave Hespe has shared the GSCS focus that time on task for quality education can be more well spent at the district level when schools have proved they can meet high performance metrics," said Lynne Strickland, the coalition's director.
GSCS was pleased that special guest Commissioner Dave Hespe was also able to not only drop in to say hello but also took the time to sit down with all of us and talk on audience-indicated points of interest that focused on Common Core, PARRC implementation and testing, as well as state aid and special education funding issues.
The Record - Common Core, PARCC conference available online… Panelists included N.J. School Boards Association (NJSBA) Educator-in-Residence Vincent De Lucia, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) representative Amy Fratz, and more. (Governor Thomas Kean led off the conference with a 30 minute speech on the need for standards in education; Commissioner David Hespe delivered closing remarks.)
Star Ledger - John P. Holland Charter School in Paterson placed on probation… The school violated state law by having two paid employees on its five-member board, state officials said. ..Acting State Education Commissioner David Hespe said the school needed to replace the two board members
NJ Spotlight - Ed Department's Structure Undergoes Some Fine-Tuning But No Major Overhaul…Acting Commissioner David Hespe moves to fill several vacancies and adds new position, but refrains from drastic changes
Politickernj - With statewide eyes on Newark's schools, Superintendent Anderson says first day of One Newark plan "going great" ..."There are always issues that arise, but for the most part, we're seeing a pretty typical back-to-school day," said Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe.
If you haven't heard enough already, get ready to hear a lot more about the Common Core State Standards, via the Christie administration…Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe said yesterday that his department hopes to go school-by-school with a statewide community outreach campaign to promote and explain the much-disputed standards.
The State Board also approved ..., 22 Nov 2011 [cached]
The State Board also approved 16 appointments (12 promotions and 4 outside hires) to senior level positions, including the appointment of Dave Hespe, former Education Commissioner, as Chief of Staff. Hespe, who was Education Commissioner from 1999 to 2001 and was recently named by Gov.
David Hespe
Chief of Staff
Co-Executive Director, Stem Education, Liberty Science Center
Former Commissioner of Education, NJ State Dept of Ed
A Blueprint to Managing a New Era of Education in New Jersey | Common Sense Institute of New Jersey, 18 May 2014 [cached]
This work was authored by CSI-NJ Education Fellow David C. Hespe.
DAVID C. HESPE is an Education Fellow at the Common Sense Institute of New Jersey. He is currently the Interim Superintendent for the Willingboro School District having previously served as Assistant Superintendent. Prior to that position he was a faculty member in the Educational Leadership Department of Rowan University and served five years as Department Chair. Hespe served as Commissioner of Education for the State of New Jersey from 1999 through 2001. Prior to that position, he was the First Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. He also served as Assistant Commissioner of Education. Hespe began his service in the Executive Branch of State Government as Assistant Counsel for Education and Higher Education to Governor Whitman. Hespe also served in the Legislative Branch as Associate Counsel in the Education Section of the Office of Legislative Services where he was the Committee Aid to the Assembly Education and Higher Education Committee. Prior to that position he was in the private practice of law. Hespe received both a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University. He lives in Montgomery Township New Jersey with his wife and son, who attends the public schools.
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NJSBA Press Release, 4 Mar 2006 [cached]
David Hespe, associate professor and chairman, Educational Leadership Department, Rowan University of New Jersey; former New Jersey State Commissioner of Education.
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