Edison Parents Upset & Confused By State Test Results

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EDISON – School officials held a meeting for parents last week at Edison High School to explain the school’s failure to meet state mandated academic standards.

School officials maintain that Edison High School is not failing. The school fell short of state standards for a second year because just one of 41 subgroups – special education students – didn’t meet the minimum standard on required testing. Under federal guidelines, that means the district is required to offer students the opportunity to transfer to Edison’s other high school.

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At least 34 students had requested to transfer to J.P. Stevens High School, which did meet all state requirements last year.

Hundreds of people attended the meeting, but not everyone got answers for their questions.

“I think we should have been notified sooner,” said one vocal parent, bringing applause from most of the audience. The district was notified of the school’s failure in August.

“Notification was way too late,” conceded by Deborah Bredahl, who coordinates No Child Left Behind for the township’s school district and other assessments. “It should have gone out sooner, and I apologize on behalf of the district.”


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