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Update on PARCC Graduation Assessment Requirements



266 East Main Street

Ramsey, New Jersey  07446

February 23, 2017


Dear Parents,

I am writing to provide an update on the newly approved state regulations for high school graduation, which impact your child’s participation in state assessments.  Students graduating as members of the classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019, as with past classes, may satisfy the “graduation assessment requirement” through a variety of standardized assessments, including achieving passing scores on certain PARCC assessments, the SAT, ACT, or through a portfolio appeals process (if the student fails to pass the more traditional assessments).

For the class of 2020, our current freshman class, students may satisfy this requirement as described for the classes of 2017-2019, provided the students take all PARCC assessments associated with the high-school level courses for which they are eligible. These include the PARCC ELA assessments for grades 9, 10, 11, and the PARCC Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II assessments.  In this regard, all ninth grade students are required to take the PARCC assessment this year.

Beginning with the Class of 2021, this year’s eighth grade class, students will be required to pass the PARCC ELA in grade 10 and the PARCC Algebra 1 assessment to satisfy the graduation requirement.  Alternative assessments, such as the SAT and ACT, WILL NOT be accepted as a means of meeting the graduation requirement.  The portfolio appeals process will remain an option, provided the student participated in all administrations of the PARCC assessments for which they were eligible in grades 9, 10, and 11.

The High School Graduation Assessment Requirements are spelled out in this document from the New Jersey Department of Education.  In light of these state requirements, we strongly advise that your child participate in the PARCC assessments this spring.  If you have any questions regarding the new regulations, please contact your building principal.  You will receive a letter from your child’s principal with specific information regarding the dates, times, and other testing protocols for the administration of the PARCC assessment, which is scheduled for  later this spring.  


Richard Wiener, Ed. D.

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment