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EDUCATION PANEL'S REPORT QUESTIONED

A RECENT education task force report provides a detailed critique of New Jersey’s current educational accountability system.

The Governor’s Education Transformation Task Force proposes that QSAC (the Quality Single Accountability Continuum) be replaced by a new system that its report outlines broadly.

But some task force proposals raise concerns. Indeed, they threaten to return us to the problems that led to QSAC in the first place.

As co-authors of studies commissioned by the state Department of Education about accountability and QSAC in 2002 and 2006, this is a matter of special interest to us.

In our 2006 study of the Department’s piloting of QSAC, we expressed concern about key elements of that accountability law and its implementation, and recommended a number of changes.

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