TRENTON, NJ - The Study Commission on the Use of Student Assessments in New Jersey is a nine-member body charged with presenting recommendations to Governor Chris Christie regarding the quality and effectiveness of student assessments administered to students in kindergarten through grade 12. Created via Executive Order No. 159, the Study Commission will consider and make recommendations on the volume, frequency and impact of student assessments occurring throughout New Jersey school districts, and on the Core Curriculum Content Standards, including the Common Core State Standards.

Public Testimony Sessions

The Study Commission on the Use of Student Assessments in New Jersey will hold three sessions to listen to testimony from the public. Persons interested in testifying are asked to pre-register online or by calling 609-984-6024. The Study Commission recommends testimony be limited to five minutes per person.

Individuals registering to testify are asked to bring to the session 10 copies of their testimony so it can be distributed to all Study Commission members. Testimony also can be submitted via email atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or online athttp://www.state.nj.us/education/studycommission/contact.shtml.

Please be aware that all public testimony sessions will be videotaped.

In case of inclement weather, the Study Commission's public sessions will be cancelled if the hosting institution is closed. The second and third sessions also will be cancelled if the hosting school districts have an early dismissal. People register to testify or who are interested in attending are encouraged to check the hosting institution's website for information in case of inclement weather; links to the websites are provided below.

Session 1

10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Civic Hall 105, Connector Building, Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ 08012-0200

Directions to Camden County College's Blackwood Campus can be found athttp://www.camdencc.edu/about/Campus-Directions.cfm. The Connector Building is #2 on the map athttp://www.camdencc.edu/upload/BlackwoodCampusMap11-7-13_color.pdf.

Camden County College website: http://www.camdencc.edu/

Session 2

4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at the Franklin Williams Middle School (MS #7) Auditorium, 222 Laidlaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306 (use this address for direction/GPS purposes)

Parking will available on the side of the school building. The public will not be permitted to park alongside the school or enter the school building until 3:30 p.m.

Jersey City School District website: www.jcboe.org

Session 3

6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Jackson Liberty High School Auditorium, 125 N. Hope Chapel Rd., Jackson, NJ 08527

Use the doorway marked "39" to enter the high school. Directions to Jackson Liberty High School can be found at http://liberty.jacksonsd.org/www/jacksonsd_liberty/site/hosting/Directions.pdf. Public parking will be available to the left of the high school.

Jackson School District website: http://www.jacksonsd.org/