Superintendent: State is Working out 'Kinks' of Designating PARCC as Graduation Requirement


BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With the state having recently decided that certain PARCC tests will count toward graduation, Superintendent of Schools Russell Lazovick said there are still some kinks to figure out.

In August, the state board of education approved updated state regulations for high school graduation assessment requirements for English language arts and math for classes of 2016 through 2021, and beyond.

The PARCC exam was approved as the new graduation assessment, and students will be required to pass both the algebra 1 and 10th grade English tests, as of the Class of 2020.

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According to the state, beginning with the Class of 2020, students must have taken all end-of-course PARCC assessments for which they are eligible. Students who do not earn passing scores on the English language tests for grades 9-11, and the algebra, geometry and algebra II tests can use scores on SAT, ACT or other similar tests to meet requirements.

But as of the class of 2021, students must pass those PARCC tests in high school in order to graduate.

Board of education member Jeffrey Brookner asked what the plan is for students who took algebra classes in seventh grade and therefore did not take the PARCC test in high school.

“I don’t know if they will have to do it, which would be a joke after they have taken algebra two,” he said.

Lazovick said they are trying to address those kinds of problems at the state level.

“Prior to this year, anything done before the high school years could not count for graduation,” he said. “When students take it prior to ninth grade, it does not count as a requirement for high school credit.”

Lazovick said no decision has been made yet at the state level concerning how to handle high school courses taken before high school.

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