No current high school students will have to pass the PARCC exam to graduate.
In response to a legal challenge from the Education Law Center and the ACLU of New Jersey, the state Department of Education has agreed to allow alternative high school graduation requirements that were recently put in place for current juniors and seniors to be extended to current freshmen and sophomore classes as well.
Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in English Language Arts/Literacy and Math either by achieving a passing score on the PARCC tests or other standardized tests, or by taking and passing an alternative exam in math and English, like the SAT or ACT.
Students also have an option to submit a portfolio appeal to the Department of Education.
Meantime, the Murphy administration is searching for a new standardized test.