Is “passing” the PARCC assessment a requirement for graduation?

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On August 3, 2016 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 the Classes of 2017 and beyond.


• The graduation classes of 2017-2019 (current 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students) may meet the New Jersey graduation in a variety of pathways:

     1. demonstrating proficiency on the PARCC assessment

     2. achieving a specific minimum score on an alternative assessment (i.e. Accuplacer, ASVAB, PSAT, or SAT), or

     3. through the portfolio appeal process (CRT).


• The graduating class of 2020 (current 9th grade students) must take all end-of-course assessments available as the classes of 2017-2019 to fulfill the New Jersey graduation assessment requirement. 


• The Class of 2021 and Beyond (Class of 2021 is the current 8th graders)- Starting with the class of 2021, student will only have two pathways to meet the high school graduation assessment requirements:

     1. Pass the ELA 10 and Algebra 1 assessments; or

     2. The submission by the district of a student portfolio through the Department’s portfolio appeals process, assuming the student has taken all PARCC assessments associated with the high-school level courses for which they were eligible* and receives valid scores.