A standardized test will play a greater role in the evaluation of teachers in New Jersey.
The state Education Department says teachers in grades 4-7 whose students participate in the PARCC math tests or in grades 4-8 whose students take PARCC English exams will have 30 percent of their ratings based on how the students performed on the tests. That's up from 10 percent.
In a memo, Deputy Education Commissioner Peter Shulman says the test is in its third year and can be used as a tool to improve classroom instruction more effectively than any previous statewide assessment.
The state's largest teachers union, the New Jersey Education Association, criticized the change and Gov. Chris Christie.
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The union's president says more time will be spent in the classroom on test preparation.