Graduation requirements for the Class of 2020

Clarification of Graduation Assessment Requirements for the Class of 2020
Posted on 05/21/2018
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Date: May 18, 2018

From: Linda P. Eno, Ed.D. Acting Assistant Commissioner Division of Teaching and Learning

Clarification of Graduation Assessment Requirements for the Class of 2020

This memo provides clarification regarding recently amended supplemental guidance, which was posted on the New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) website on May 11, 2018. This amended supplemental guidance included a chart that more accurately reflects the class of 2020 graduation assessment regulations at N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5(f). The previous version of the document could have been improperly interpreted if not read in its entirety.

Please note, these regulations have not undergone recent revision; they were adopted by the New Jersey State Board of Education and went into effect on Sept. 6, 2016.

According to N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(f)2, members of the graduating class of 2020, current 10th graders, have three pathways by which to meet the graduation assessment requirements:

  • First Pathway: Students pass the PARCC Algebra I and English language arts/literacy (ELA) grade 10 assessments.
  • If students have taken all applicable PARCC assessments for each of the courses in which they are enrolled, they may then utilize the next two pathways.

  • Second Pathway: Students achieve scores defined in the amended supplemental guidance on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer, PARCC ELA 9, ELA 11, Geometry, Algebra II; or
  • Third Pathway: District submits students’ portfolios through the NJDOE’s portfolio appeals process.

Students who did not participate in the PARCC assessments necessary to utilize the second and third pathway above can make them up at the following times:

  • Spring 2018: Available through June 8, 2018. The Office of Assessment can work with districts to develop a make-up testing plan.
  • Summer 2018: Available from the end of the school year through the end of August. More information on summer PARCC administration will be forthcoming next week.
  • Fall Block: Available November 26, 2018 to January 15, 2019.
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