High School Graduation Assessment Requirements

Updated October 2016, DOE 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.

Students graduating as members of the classes of 2016 through 2019 can meet graduation assessment requirements through a variety of ways, including:
(1) Achieving passing scores on certain PARCC assessments; (2) Achieving certain scores on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer; or (3) 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 can demonstrate graduation assessment proficiency through the same alternative means as those in the Classes of 2016 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*, as of the effective date of when the amendments were adopted by the State Board of Education.

For the Class of 2021 and thereafter, students who have not demonstrated proficiency on the ELA 10 and Algebra 1 assessments, and have taken all PARCC assessments associated with the high-school level courses for which they were eligible*, can demonstrate graduation assessment proficiency by meeting the criteria of the portfolio appeals process.

It is important to note there has always been a system for students to demonstrate and meet graduation requirements through an alternative assessment or pathway to graduation throughout New Jersey’s forty-year history with a statewide assessment program.

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 2016 through 2021.
* “Eligible” is defined as a student who is enrolled in a high-school level course for which there is a PARCC test. This includes all of these courses: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, ELA 9, ELA 10, and ELA 11.


Class of 2016 and 2017

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA)
PARCC ELA Grade 9 >= 750 (Level 4) or
PARCC ELA Grade 10 >=750 (Level 4) or
PARCC ELA Grade 11 >= 725 (Level 3) or
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 or  
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal 

MATHEMATICS
PARCC Algebra I >= 750 (Level 4) or
PARCC Geometry >= 725 (Level 3) or
PARCC Algebra II >= 725 (Level 3) or
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 or
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal
Note: * Test is no longer administered but can be used for the graduating year.


Class of 2018 and 2019

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA)
PARCC ELA Grade 9 or
PARCC ELA Grade 10 or
PARCC ELA Grade 11 or
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 or
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal

MATHEMATICS

PARCC Algebra I or
PARCC Geometry or
PARCC Algebra II or
SAT Math (taken before 3/1/16) or S
AT 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 or
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal
Note: * Test is no longer administered but can be used for the graduating year.
The Class of 2020 can demonstrate graduation assessment proficiency through the same alternative means as those in the Classes of 2016 through 2019, provided that students in the Class of 2020 take all PARCC assessments associated with the highschool level courses for which they were eligible*.
 


Class of 2020

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA)
PARCC ELA Grade 9 (must take if eligible*) and
PARCC ELA Grade 10 (must take if eligible*) and
PARCC ELA Grade 11 (must take if eligible*)
If passing score is not met on at least one of the three, then the student can use the following:
SAT Reading or
ACT Reading or
ACT PLAN Reading** or
Accuplacer WritePlacer or 
Accuplacer WritePlacer ESL or
PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading or
PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading or
ACT Aspire Reading** or
ASVAB-AFQT Composite or
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal

MATHEMATICS
PARCC Algebra I (must take if eligible*) and
PARCC Geometry (must take if eligible*) and
PARCC Algebra II (must take if eligible*)
If passing score is not met on at least one of the three, then the student can use the following:
SAT Math or ACT or ACT PLAN Math** or
Accuplacer Elementary Algebra or
PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math or
PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math or
ACT Aspire Math** or
ASVAB-AFQT Composite or
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal
Note: * “Eligible” is defined as a student who is enrolled in a high-school level course for which there is a PARCC test. 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.
Starting with the Class of 2021, students will need to meet the high school graduation assessment requirements by passing PARCC ELA Grade 10 and PARCC Algebra I. If students are unable to pass one or both of those assessments, they will be able to access the portfolio appeals process to meet the assessment requirements, but only if they take all PARCC assessments associated with the high-school level courses for which they were eligible*.


Class of 2021 and Beyond

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA)
 PARCC ELA Grade 10 (must take and pass)
If passing score is not met on PARCC ELA Grade 10, then the student must have taken: PARCC ELA Grade 9 and
PARCC ELA Grade 10 and
PARCC ELA Grade 11
before they can:
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal

MATHEMATICS

PARCC Algebra I (must take and pass)
If passing score is not met on PARCC Algebra 1, then the student must have taken:
PARCC Algebra I and
PARCC Geometry and
PARCC Algebra II (if eligible*)
before they can:
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal
Note: * “Eligible” is defined as a student who is enrolled in a high-school level course for which there is a PARCC test. This includes all of these courses: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, ELA 9, ELA 10, and ELA 11.