Thursday, Feb. 4, is the last day to sign up to testify. Availability is very limited. 

On Jan. 11, the Christie Administration proposed new regulations that would:

Make proficiency on PARCC a graduation requirement. The only other option for meeting the graduation testing requirement would be a very complex and time intensive appeals process (starting with current 7th graders).

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Force students to take every PARCC exam in order to graduate, tripling required high school PARCC testing for many (starting with current 8th graders). 

Override parental right to refuse PARCC, beginning with the 2016-17 academic year (starting with current 8th graders).

These regulations must be approved by the New Jersey State Board of Education, which has the power to reject them. The State Board will hear public comments on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Department of Education’s Trenton facility (100 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08610. Free parking available in adjacent garage).


To do so, you must register here and indicate that you wish to testify on "Standards and Assessments." Spots are very limited so please register as soon as possible. Please keep your comments to a maximum of five minutes and bring six copies of your testimony with you to give to State Board members.

In-person testimony is most impactful. However, if you cannot attend, you may submit written comments by email to: or by mail to: New Jersey Department of Education State Board Office, P. O. Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625-0500.

Visit our website for up-to-date information on New Jersey’s graduation requirements, frequently asked questions about refusing PARCC and other resources. Email us with any questions at See slide 6 for summary of proposed graduation requirements. Like us on Facebook.