PARCC Tests & High School Graduation
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What will new PARCC exams mean for NJ high school graduation?
Recent statements by NJ Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf have focused attention on how new PARCC exams aligned with the Common Core State Standards will affect high school graduation requirements. Cerf’s comments raised the possibility that NJ may end high stakes testing for diplomas for an extended period or even permanently.
On September 19, Cerf included the following slide (#24) in a presentation to NJ Superintendents:
What does this [new PARCC tests] mean for graduation requirements?
The College and Career Ready Task Force (2012) outlined some basic guidelines for this transition, including:
For the initial years of PARCC testing, any student currently in high school will not be required to ‘pass’ the assessments as a requirement for graduation
We will undertake a long and thoughtful process to phase in these new assessments as graduation requirements
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