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NJ GRAD RATES REMAIN STRONG

Published on: May 12, 2015

A new report shows that NJ continues to be among the nation’s leaders in high school graduation rates and is making progress in closing gaps among student groups. The report also indicates that sustaining such progress will be challenging as the state adopts new graduation policies.

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NEW HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REGULATIONS EXPECTED

Published on: March 23, 2015

In response to concerns raised by ELC and the ACLU-NJ, the NJDOE is expected to propose new high school graduation regulations to the State Board of Education soon. 

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PARCC BRINGS MAJOR EXPANSION OF TESTING FOR NJ HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Published on: September 23, 2014

The start of the school year has put the spotlight on the new PARCC tests that NJ students will take next spring. But less attention has been given to the major increases in high school testing that are part of these changes.

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TESTING CONCERNS GROW AS PARCC PHASE-IN BEGINS

Published on: May 28, 2014

As another testing season winds down in NJ schools, policymakers are wrestling with a test of their own: how to manage growing concerns about the new high stakes assessments scheduled for next year.

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COMMISSIONER SAYS NEW TESTS WILL NOT BE TIED TO HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS

Published on: October 24, 2013

In a potentially significant move away from high stakes exit testing, the NJ Education Commissioner has announced that new PARCC tests will not be tied to high school graduation for up to five years.

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PUTTING HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS TO THE TEST

Published on: September 11, 2013

NJ’s high graduation rates have been sustained by assessment policies that give students various ways to meet State standards called “multiple pathways.” However, the onset of the PARCC assessments could significantly narrow those alternatives.

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PUTTING HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS TO THE TEST

Published on: September 9, 2013

NJ will need new assessment policies when current high school tests are replaced by new Common Core exams in the spring of 2015, in order to avoid a decrease in the number of high school graduates and an increase in dropouts.

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PUTTING HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS TO THE TEST

Published on: September 5, 2013

More than 200,000 freshmen and sophomores will enter NJ’s public high schools this fall, and they all have one thing in common: none of them knows what they have to do to graduate.

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