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New Jersey High School Graduation Assessment Requirements

On June 5, 2019, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) updated the high school graduation assessment requirements in both English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and mathematics for the Classes of 2019 through 2022, pursuant to an amended Consent Order from the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

The Classes of 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022

The high school assessment graduation requirements that are in place for the Classes of 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 are:

                                  1. Demonstrate proficiency on NJSLA/PARCC ELA 10 and/or Algebra I; or

                                  2. Demonstrate proficiency in ELA and/or mathematics by meeting the designated cut score on one of the alternative assessments                                        such as other high school-level NJSLA/PARCC assessments, the SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER as defined in the chart below; or

                                  3. Demonstrate proficiency in ELA and/or mathematics by submitting, through the district, a student portfolio appeal to the                                                  NJDOE.

Proficiency levels/cut scores for the Classes of 2019 through 2022 are specified in the attached chart.

Note: Special Education students, whose Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) specify an alternative way to demonstrate proficiencies, will continue to follow the graduation assessment requirements set forth in their IEPs.

The Class of 2023 and Beyond The NJDOE is committed to providing fair notice to students and educators and will continue to collaborate with stakeholders to transition to the next generation of statewide assessments.