Teachers union launches anti-test ad campaign in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's largest teachers union has launched an ad campaign to stir up opposition to a new standardized test that students are set to begin taking next month.

The New Jersey Education Association says the television and web ads starting Tuesday give teachers and parents a voice in a debate about the test developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow parents to have their children opt out of the tests.

State education officials say the new exams will give schools and parents more detailed information about how well students are learning.