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  • NJ A2650
  • Requires high school students to be assessed using college placement cut scores to determine readiness for college-level course work, and Commissioner of Education to develop plan to improve college and career counseling for students.
Introduced
(2/8/2016)
In Committee
(2/8/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides that beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, all public high school students will be assessed by the end of the 11th grade using cut scores to determine whether the student is ready for college-level, credit-bearing course work in Language Arts Literacy and Mathematics. The Commissioner of Education, in collaboration with school districts and county colleges, is to develop and implement by the 2018-2019 school year, transition courses or other instructional opportunities to be provided in the 12th grade to students who have not achieved college and career readiness by the end of the 11th grade. A transition course may not replace enrollment in a course otherwise required for high school graduation. The bill directs the Commissioner of Education, in collaboration with the Secretary of Higher Education and school districts, to study the development, content, and implementation of the transition courses required under the bill. The study will include the alignment of the transition courses to the Common Core State Standards and whether the courses should be considered to meet high school graduation standards. The study will also determine the appropriate assessment to be used to determine college and career readiness and how a student's level of readiness will be reflected on the high school transcript. The bill requires that on or before December 1, 2017, the Commissioner of Education will report to the Governor and the Legislature concerning the feasibility of the award of a State endorsed high school diploma regardless of whether a student has completed the minimum number of required credits or four years of high school if the student: 1) is assessed as college and career ready under section 2 of the bill; and 2) successfully completes any graduation assessment requirements established by the State board. Finally, the bill requires the Commissioner of Education, in consultation with the Secretary of Higher Education, to develop a plan to improve college and career counseling that is provided to students in middle and high schools. The plan would identify best practices in college and career counseling in New Jersey and nationally. In addition, the plan would include recommendations for a competitive grant program that would be used to implement the best practices identified in the plan. Under the bill, the plan must be submitted to the Governor and the Legislature no later than 90 days after the effective date of the bill.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee  (on 2/8/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
2/8/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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