NJ High School Graduation Requirements
As of January 2017 , the State Board of Education approved updated state regulations for the high school graduation assessments requirements in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for Classes of 2016 through 2021, and beyond.
Students graduating as members of the classes of 2016 through 2019 can meet graduation assessment
requirements through a variety of ways, including:
(1) Achieving passing scores on certain PARCC assessments;
(2) Achieving certain scores on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer; or
(3) The submission by the district of a student portfolio through the Department’s portfolio appeals process.
(Special Education students whose Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) specify an alternative way to
demonstrate proficiencies will continue to follow the graduation requirements set forth in their IEPs.)
Students graduating as members of the Class of 2020 can demonstrate graduation assessment proficiency through the same alternative means as
those in the Classes of 2016 through 2019, provided that students in the Class of 2020 take all end-of-course PARCC
assessments for which they are eligible, as of the effective date of when the amendments were adopted by the State
Board of Education.
Students graduating as members of the Class of 2021 and thereafter, students who have not demonstrated proficiency on the ELA 10 and Algebra 1
assessments, and have taken all end-of-course PARCC assessments for which they are eligible, can demonstrate
graduation assessment proficiency by meeting the criteria of the portfolio appeals process.
It is important to note there has always been a system for students to demonstrate and meet graduation
requirements through an alternative assessment or pathway to graduation throughout New Jersey’s forty-year
history with a statewide assessment program.
In this document, you will find charts containing the list of assessment requirements in both ELA and mathematics
for the high school graduation Classes of 2016 through 2021.
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Several terms are defined below:
PARCC: Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (current assessment for grades 3-11)
SAT: Scholastic Assessment Test (see sat.collegeboard.org)
ASVAB: Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
AFQT: Armed Forces Qualification Test
Accuplacer: suit of tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses… (see accuplacer.collegeboard.org for more information)
PSAT: Pre-Scholastic Assessment Test (see sat.collegeboard.org)