Three New Changes Coming to FRHSD

Superintendent Charles Sampson reveals and explains three new changes coming to the district: new Common Core Standards, new teacher evaluation model, and the phasing out of HSPA.

Superintendent Charles Sampson spelled out three new changes that will be coming to the over the next few years at the district's Board of Education meeting on Monday, including implementing the new teacher evaluation model, the introduction of new Common Core Standards, and the phasing out of HSPA and introduction of PARCC, a new student assessment of achievement.

On September 1, 2013, the state is changing the way in which teachers will be  evaluated. Acting Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf announced last mont that the teacher evaluation pilot program he initiated has been extended and now is allowing 30 districts within the state to participate in the program, according to the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA).

“We need time to reflect upon and learn from mistakes of districts traveling down the path we will be traveling,” Sampson said in his blog. The district must plan for the changes for next year now by adopting a teacher evaluation model and training teachers and administrators about this model, designed to evaluate teachers under specific criteria related to student achievement, Sampson explained.

While the state’s part in this implementation has yet to be spelled out, Sampson said that more information regarding these guidelines will be available within the next month or two.

The district is also phasing out High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) testing and switching to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). According to PARCC’s Web site, they "are a consortium of states working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and Math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers.”

Sampson said that within the next two years all of the students in the district will be taking their content specific tests on computers. These tests may occur as often as five times a year, he indicated.

PARCC tests claim to measure the full content of and skills called for in the English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics Common Core State Standards, which will be replacing previous New Jersey Standards.  The new standards offer high school students knowledge which current adults learned at later stages in life, according to Sampson.

“All three of these things are literally unfolding simultaneously and we’re going to have to manage that.” the superintendent said.  “And it’s going to take a great deal of time and effort to get it right.”

Michele Tidd Pfannenstiel March 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM
What about evaluations of critical thinking skills and science literacy? It is easy to test reading and math, but those are not going to be the drivers of preparedness. Those are assumed in this day and age. And the PARCC website is heavy on "edu-speak" and light on specifics.
Curious George March 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM
What about finding a way to getting rid of the curriculum supervisor who still sits on the board, allegedly protected by tenure, after being part of the Breyer St. bogus doctorate affair for 5 yrs? If Mr.Sampson can convince the board to bring tenure charges against one of the most respected principals in the district, how come he lets Ms.Evangelista get by with simply paying the board back pennies on the dollar for who know how many years she received extra pay for her phony degree? He came to this district prepared to clean house of all the past issues that brought national notoriety to the FRHSD and instead, has stepped knee deep into a mess of his own. The same law firm that represented the previous administration with so much bad advice that cost the district thousands of dollars in legal fees is still in the mix by representing the board in their questionable charges against Mr. Simon. If they can do that, why is it they can't seem to find a way to remove Ms. Evangelista and really do what Mr. Sampson promised?
s March 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Why do the kids get reports card? Obviously they don't count for anything anymore. Does every school in the State get the exact same test? It is a waste of money and a joke.
Kaitlyn Anness March 15, 2012 at 12:07 PM
s, As I understand it, every school, K-12 in the state will be taking the PARCC test by 2014. Students will see "transitional changes" on the HSPA and NJ ASK tests, as the questions will eventually turn into those developed by PARCC.
s March 15, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Kaitlyn, Still a waste of time and money,
anonymous March 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I'll settle with one change: Get rid of Donna Evangelista!!! She has neither offered an apology nor paid the district back for her bogus degree. Yes, I know she is paying a mere $100 a month for a lifetime--but that was not voluntary on her part. She is a disgrace, as is the district for not saying what she did was wrong. Now another scandal is brewing--sheesh! Does it ever stop with this district?
Claudine Scozzari March 15, 2012 at 07:20 PM
In response to anonymous - My tax dollars at work - How was there an exchange of U.S. currency by a government entity for a credential that required checking such as an educational background? There should never have been a payment made by the district if the credential wasn't legitimate. The district is at fault because human resources approved the payment for the credential. And, the district used my tax dollars for it.
anonymous March 15, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Claudine, You are so correct. The FRHSD did not check into the bogus credentials of the several employees who used the degree to gain extra compensation. Just like they did not validate Principal Simon's allegation of fraud/theft, and misconduct on several employees in Manalapan High School. The investigation is SUBJECTIVE and not objective...it only has Simon in its cross hairs. I believe new revelations will emerge that may force the district to stop the witchunt in its tracks. The investigation must change course and snare the real perpetrators. This is so distracting to Supt. Sampson's vision of the future of this district; the children, and the great teachers working for the district.
Curious George March 15, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Part of the shame goes to some of the newer members of the board who specifically ran in order to rid the district of the Breyer State stench...which still lingers. After all their big talk, they somehow succumbed to the same nonsense from the same lawyer who helped create the original mess in the first place. Where was their due dilligence in asking for some kind of serious internal investigation of the facts and then even asking Mr. Simon for his side of the story before bringing tenure charges and locking him out of his office? The sad thing about Mr. Simon's lawyer telling some of the board members who's terms are up, that they will be driven from office if this case goes against them is that most of the time, the incumbents run unopposed or by very weak candidates. That happened twice in Howell when both of the candidates, who have nepotism problems in the district, were overwhelmingly re-elected...Add to that, three other newly elected reps, who ran under the premise that this $hit will stop...all voted in favor of indicting Mr. Simon. There are so many unanswered questions as to the validity of these charges that this never should have gone through the way it did...Just when we all thought we were on the right track to getting this district straightened out, we're right back where we were 5 years ago.
BAD-BAD-BOE March 16, 2012 at 01:02 AM
There are a few people I wouldn't want to be right now and they are people who gave evidence against Mr. Simon and admitted to crimes. I read Mr. Simon's report and I saw all the affidavits so I am certain that what they did violated state and federal laws. The information is with the police already and should lead to charges against at least two staff members at Manalapan High School and possibly a third person in another district school.
metjet March 27, 2012 at 05:19 PM
metjet March 27, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Get rid of the science supervisor. They don't do any labs in lab chemistry.
Tom May 03, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Changes I want to see: Drop the tenure charges against Mr. Simon! Stop wasting OUR money on a witch-hunt Reinstate Mr. Simon. My children go to the school and he is a great Principal and the charges are ridiculous and, obviously, political.


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