New Jersey High School Graduation Assessment Requirements
Updated May 2017
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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 2016 through 2021, and beyond. These new state regulations (N.J.A.C.6A:8-5.1) became effective on September 6, 2016.
The Classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019 – Students graduating as members of the Classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019 can meet graduation assessment requirements through any of these three pathways:
- Achieving passing scores on high-level PARCC assessments;
- Achieving certain scores on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer; or
- 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.)
The Class of 2020 – Students in the Class of 2020 can demonstrate graduation assessment proficiency through the same three pathways as those in the Classes of 2017 through 2019, provided that students in the Class of 2020 take all PARCC assessments associated with the high-school level courses for which they were eligible* and receive valid scores, as of the September 6, 2016 effective date of the amendments were adopted by the State Board of Education.
The Class of 2021 and Beyond – Starting with the Class of 2021, students will only have two pathways to meet the high school graduation assessments requirements:
- Pass the ELA 10 and Algebra 1 assessments; or
- 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.
Each school year the NJDOE will determine the proficiency level needed on the assessments to meet the requirements.
It is important to note that our students have always been able to meet graduation requirements through an alternative assessment or pathway to graduation throughout New Jersey’s forty-year history with a statewide assessment program, and will continue to be able to do so.
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 2017 through 2021.
Note: * “Eligible” is defined as a student who is enrolled in a high-school level course for which there is a PARCC test and receives a valid score. This includes all of these courses: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, ELA 9, ELA 10, and ELA 11.
ELA and Math Assessment Requirements for the Class of 2017
Three Pathways Available | English Language Arts (ELA) | Mathematics |
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First Pathway Take and pass a PARCC test |
PARCC ELA Grade 9 >= 750 (Level 4) or PARCC ELA Grade 10 >=750 (Level 4) or PARCC ELA Grade 11 >= 725 (Level 3) |
PARCC Algebra I >= 750 (Level 4) or PARCC Geometry >= 725 (Level 3) or PARCC Algebra II >= 725 (Level 3) |
Second Pathway |
SAT Critical Reading (taken before 3/1/16) >= 400 or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section (taken 3/1/16 or later) >= 450 or SAT Reading Test (taken 3/1/16 or later) >= 22 or ACT Reading or ACT PLAN Reading* >= 16 or Accuplacer WritePlacer >= 6 or Accuplacer WritePlacer ESL >= 4 or PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading (taken before 10/1/15) >= 40 or PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading (taken 10/1/15 or later) >= 22 or ACT Aspire Reading* >= 422 or ASVAB-AFQT Composite >= 31 |
SAT Math (taken before 3/1/16) >= 400 or SAT Math Section (taken 3/1/16 or later) >= 440 or SAT Math Test (taken 3/1/16 or later) >= 22 or ACT or ACT PLAN* Math >= 16 or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra >= 76 or PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math (taken before 10/1/15) >= 40 or PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math (taken 10/1/15 or later) >= 22 or ACT Aspire Math* >= 422 or ASVAB-AFQT Composite >= 31 |
Third Pathway |
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal for ELA |
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal for Math |
Note: * Test is no longer administered but can be used for the graduating year.
ELA and Math Assessment Requirements for the Class of 2018 and 2019
Three Pathways Available | English Language Arts (ELA) | Mathematics |
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First Pathway |
PARCC ELA Grade 9 >= 750 (Level 4) or PARCC ELA Grade 10 >=750 (Level 4) or PARCC ELA Grade 11 >= 725 (Level 3) |
PARCC Algebra I >= 750 (Level 4) or PARCC Geometry >= 725 (Level 3) or PARCC Algebra II >= 725 (Level 3) |
Second Pathway |
SAT Critical Reading (taken before 3/1/16) or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section (taken 3/1/16 or later) or SAT Reading Test (taken 3/1/16 or later) or ACT Reading or ACT PLAN Reading* or Accuplacer WritePlacer or Accuplacer WritePlacer ESL or PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading (taken before 10/1/15) or PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading (taken 10/1/15 or later) or ACT Aspire Reading* or ASVAB-AFQT Composite |
SAT Math (taken before 3/1/16) or SAT Math Section (taken 3/1/16 or later) or SAT Math Test (taken 3/1/16 or later) or ACT or ACT PLAN* Math or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra or PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math (taken before 10/1/15) or PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math (taken 10/1/15 or later) or ACT Aspire Math* or ASVAB-AFQT Composite |
Third Pathway |
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal for ELA |
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal for Math |
ELA and Math Assessment Requirements for the Class of 2020
Three Pathways Available | English Language Arts (ELA) | Mathematics |
---|---|---|
First Pathway Take and pass a PARCC test |
PARCC ELA Grade 9 or PARCC ELA Grade 10 or PARCC ELA Grade 11 |
PARCC Algebra I*** or PARCC Geometry or PARCC Algebra II |
Second Pathway This Pathway is only available if a student takes all PARCC tests associated with the high-school level courses for which they were eligible and receive valid scores* |
SAT Reading Test or ACT Reading or ACT PLAN Reading** or Accuplacer WritePlacer or Accuplacer WritePlacer ESL or PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading or ACT Aspire Reading** or ASVAB-AFQT Composite |
SAT Math Test or ACT or ACT PLAN Math** or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra or PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math or ACT Aspire Math** or ASVAB-AFQT Composite |
Third Pathway |
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal for ELA |
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal for Math |
Note: * “Eligible” is defined as a student who is enrolled in a high-school level course for which there is a PARCC test and receives a valid score. This includes all of these courses: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, ELA 9, ELA 10, and ELA 11. ** Test is no longer administered but can be used for the graduating year. *** The NJDOE is providing flexibility to meet the math assessment requirement for students in the Classes of 2020 and 2021 who completed an Algebra I course prior to the September 6, 2016 effective date of the new high school assessment regulations.
ELA and Math Assessment Requirements for the Class of 2021
Two Pathways Available | English Language Arts (ELA) | Mathematics |
---|---|---|
First Pathway | Take and Pass PARCC ELA Grade 10 | Take and Pass PARCC Algebra I** |
Second Pathway This Pathway is only available if a student takes all PARCC tests associated with the high-school level courses for which they were eligible* |
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal for ELA | Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal for Math |
Note: * “Eligible” is defined as a student who is enrolled in a high-school level course for which there is a PARCC test and receive a valid score. This includes all of these courses: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, ELA 9, ELA 10, and ELA 11. ** The NJDOE is providing flexibility to meet the math assessment requirement for students in the Classes of 2020 and 2021 who completed an Algebra I course prior to the September 6, 2016 effective date of the new high school assessment regulations.
Updated: 9/26/2017