NJDOE Assessments & Scoring

New Jersey Department of Education Graduation Requirements Assessments/Scoring


Updated and Adopted: August 2016


As PARCC will not, yet, count towards a student’s New Jersey high school graduation requirement, school counselors can certify that a student in the classes of 2017 through 2019 has met the state proficiency requirements in many ways. The Class of 2020 can demonstrate graduation assessment proficiency through the same alternative means as those in the Classes of 2017 through 2019, provided that students in the Class of 2020 take ALL end-of-course PARCC assessments for which they are eligible, as of the effective date of when the amendments were adopted by the State Board of Education.


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 2017 through 2019, provided that students in the Class of 2020 take all end-of-course PARCC assessments for which they are 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 end-of-course PARCC assessments for which they are 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.


Shown below, 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.