Dear WMTPS Community,
Spring is PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) testing season for students in grades 3-11. Though this is only the third year of the PARCC, students in New Jersey have been completing standardized testing for many years. I am writing this to inform parents of some recent changes to the state and national landscape. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) of 1965. On a more practical level, there is one change of note that I believe is important to share with our community. Effective with the 2017 administration of the PARCC exam, students who “refuse” to take the PARCC will count against our school/district on the test. Excessive refusals/failures will have a negative effect on a school’s or district’s progress towards goals and will be prominently featured on the School Performance Report. We encourage all our students to complete the PARCC to the best of their ability and hope that the entire WMTPS community (students, parents, teachers, administrators, etc.) pulls together and is “all in” for our community.
Lastly, the Township of West Milford will be spraying for gypsy moths from May 15 – June 16. There will be a one hour “no spray” time period each day from 7:30am-8:30am.
Alex Anemone, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools