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NJDOE Seeks Public Testimony Regarding Changes to Proposed Graduation Requirements

At the May meeting of the New Jersey State Board of Education (NJSBOE), the NJSBOE approved for publication in the New Jersey Register a notice of substantial changes to proposed amendments regarding N.J.A.C. 6A:8, Standards and Assessment. The notice includes five new amendments, including the provision that students must take the 11th-grade State graduation proficiency assessment prior to availing themselves of the portfolio appeals process. The other four amendments would make technical changes to a proposed definition, correct a typographical error, add a reference to individualized education programs (IEP), and add a reference to the IEP process. The five amendments relate to previously proposed changes, including the implementation of the 11th-grade State graduation proficiency assessment that is required by State law (N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-6).
 
If the revised proposal is adopted, students in the classes of 2023-2025 who take but do not pass the 11th-grade State graduation proficiency assessment can otherwise meet the graduation proficiency assessment requirement by achieving a certain score on the menu of alternative assessments (i.e., SAT, ACT, Accuplacer, etc.) or through the portfolio appeals process. The graduation proficiency assessment requirements for the class of 2022, which would remain unchanged, are on the NJDOE’s Graduation Assessment Requirements webpage. The NJSBOE’s vote on the adoption of the proposed regulations is anticipated in the early fall.
 
Resources:
Proposed Amendments at N.J.A.C. 6A:8, Standards and Assessments
The following is the accessible version of the additional proposed amendments upon adoption at
N.J.A.C. 6A:8. The proposal level document includes two sections – an explanation of
 
NJDOE Standards and Assessments presentation to NJSBOE May 5, 2021 meeting.
 
Click here for additional highlights of the NJSBOE's May meeting.