August 3, 2016
At the start of the news conference, Christie announced that overall student scores on New Jersey's two-year-old standardized test exceeded or met expectations this year.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests in math, English, and language arts determine readiness for college or career.
PARCC has been controversial.
"We don't need a costly, controversial high-stakes test to tell us what we already know. New Jersey's schools perform at a very high level, and students living in poverty have greater challenges than their wealthier peers," the state's largest teachers' union said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
But Richard Bozza, executive director of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, said the results showed the effort was worth it. The group "applauds chief education officers, school and community leaders, students and their teachers and parents, board of education members, and district staff, for a job well done," he said.