NJ High School Graduation Requirements
As of May 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.
Students in the Class of 2021 and beyond who did not pass the PARCC Algebra 1 assessment to meet their graduation assessment requirement in mathematics can retake the assessment during the summer, fall, or spring PARCC administrations, but only if enrolled in a full-year, credit-bearing course, a refresher course approved by the Local Education Agency (LEA), or an LEA-designed instructional learning module(s) based on the student's abilities, to ensure the student improves the skills he/she needs to successfully meet the requirement.
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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