Testing Graduation Requirements

CLASSES OF 2017, 2018, 2019 

Students must achieve a passing score in both
English and Mathematics. 

English Language Arts


PARCC ELA Grade 9 >= 750 (Level 4) or

PARCC Algebra I >= 750 (Level 4) or

PARCC ELA Grade 10 >=750 (Level 4) or

PARCC Geometry >= 725 (Level 3) or

PARCC ELA Grade 11 >= 725 (Level 3) or

PARCC Algebra II >= 725 (Level 3) or

Prior to 3/1/16 SAT Critical Reading >= 400 or

Prior to 3/1/16 SAT Math >= 400 or

3/1/16 or later SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section >= 450 OR

SAT Reading Test >= 22

3/1/16 or later SAT Math Section >= 440

OR SAT Math Test >= 22

ACT Reading or ACT PLAN Reading >= 16 or

ACT or ACT PLAN Math>= 16 or

Accuplacer Write Placer >= 6 or

Accuplacer Elementary Algebra >= 76 or

Accuplacer Write Placer ESL >= 4 or


PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading* >=40 or

PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT

Reading** >=22 or

PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math*>= 40 or

PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math**

>=22 or

ACT Aspire Reading >= 422 or

ACT Aspire Math >= 422 or

ASVAB-AFQT Composite >=31 or

ASVAB-AFQT Composite >=31 or

Meet the Criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal

Meet the Criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal

Note: * PSAT taken prior to October 2015; **PSAT taken after October 2015.  


All 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will participate in a "suite" of End-of-Course assessments as part of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). These include English 9, 10 and 11, and Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. These tests have replaced the HSPA (High School Proficiency Assessment) that was once a graduation requirement. It is important to note that PARCC assessments will be given throughout a student's high school career, as the required English and Math courses are taken and completed. 

The State of New Jersey requires that all current high school students demonstrate competency in English and Mathematics prior to graduation. As such, students in the graduating classes of 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 will be able to satisfy the state requirement of demonstrating proficiency in several ways.

New Jersey does not currently have an opt-out policy. Students are expected to participate in state assessment programs, as per the provisions under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.), and as advised by the Executive County Superintendent's Office. 

In addition, the state mandates that all students enrolled in the first-level Biology course are required to take the End-of-Course State Examination in Biology (New Jersey Competency in Biology) at the end of the year. First-level Biology courses include: General Biology, Biology CP and Honors Biology. 

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