The State Board of Education held a special meeting on Oct. 21 to take action on the N.J. Department of Education’s proposal on standards and assessment. The State Board approved publishing the proposal for public comment in a 12-1 vote. There will be no change to assessments in grades 3-8. However, there will be changes in grades 9-11.
Under the proposed change, there will be no assessment for 10th grade students in the graduating classes of 2023-2025.
Grade 11 graduation proficiency tests in ELA and math will align to the ELA 10, Algebra I and Geometry New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Additionally, for the classes of 2023-2025, there will be no change in accessing the menu of options that will permit students to substitute other proficiency exams for the student learning assessment.
Under the proposed changes, students will not be required to take the graduation exam and may use alternative methods to show they have acquired the skills necessary to obtain a degree by submitting a portfolio of work or showing acceptable scores in the SAT or other assessments.
Students would also be able to bank results from previous assessments from a menu of substitute competency tests if they do not pass the 11th grade graduation proficiency tests to satisfy the graduation requirement.