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  • NJ A3766
  • Provides list of various assessments to satisfy State high school graduation proficiency test requirement.
Introduced
(5/19/2016)
In Committee
(5/19/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
Currrent statutory law requires public high school students to pass the State graduation proficiency test to demonstrate mastery of the State graduation proficiency standards. This bill would provide options for students to meet this requirement by demonstrating proficiency in English language arts and mathematics in one of the following ways: (1) achieving a passing score, as determined by the Commissioner of Education, on the high school end-of-course PARCC assessment in English language arts for grade 9, 10 or 11 and Algebra I, Algebra II, or Geometry; or (2) achieving a passing score, as determined by the Commissioner of Education, on a corresponding substitute competency test in English language arts or mathematics, or both, as applicable; or (3) meeting the criteria for the portfolio appeals process. The bill defines a "substitute competency test" to mean the following alternative third-party assessments: the SAT, PSAT, ACT, ACT Aspire, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, Armed Forces Qualification Test, and Accuplacer. The bill specifically provides that as a condition of high school graduation a student cannot be compelled to take any end-of-course PARCC assessment. This bill codifies a process similar to one put into effect by the Department of Education as a temporary means to transition away from the comprehensive High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), to PARCC end-of-course assessments in English language arts 10 and Algebra I as the assessment graduation requirement. The bill would ensure that the flexible process for demonstrating proficiency in English language arts and mathematics continues to remain an option for New Jersey high school students. Students will be permitted to choose from a variety of tests to meet the assessment graduation requirement, and will not be penalized for opting to take the assessments that are offered as alternatives to the end-of-course PARCC assessments.
Education
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee  (on 5/19/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
5/19/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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