The New Jersey Department of Education has enhanced the portfolio appeals process to support fully electronic submissions, eliminating the exchange of paper portfolios between districts and the NJDOE, according to a memo.
Districts may begin submitting their portfolio appeals electronically beginning Jan. 3, 2022. To fulfill the assessment component of the New Jersey high school graduation requirements, a student must demonstrate proficiency in both English language arts and mathematics, according to the memo from Gilbert E. Gonzalez, acting assistant commissioner, Division of Teaching and Learning Services.
Any 12th grade student in the class of 2022, including students with disabilities and English language learners, may do this via three pathways as explained in the New Jersey High School Graduation Assessment Requirements document.
The portfolio appeals process provides an opportunity for students in the class of 2022 to meet the graduation assessment requirement even with the limitations to assessment caused by the pandemic. The NJDOE memo explains the enhanced 2021-2022 portfolio appeals process, which is to be completed in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-3 and N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1, for students scheduled to graduate in spring 2022 who have not yet met the state graduation assessment requirement for English language arts and/or mathematics.