The annual New Jersey Education Association is entering it’s second day in Atlantic City today. On Thursday the most popular topic for discussion was preparation and implementation of the new state PARCC tests that will be given this year for the first time. The new Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests are reportedly tougher than the ones they are replacing, the NJASK and High School Proficiency Assessment exams. Teachers are voicing their concerns because nearly 35 percent of students cannot pass the NJASK. Thousands of teachers in attendance at the convention wore buttons that said “TESTS don’t teach”.