AN ACT to amend New Jersey Statute N.J.A.C. 6A:8, Standards and Assessment.

  • Posted on: 15 March 2019
  • By: Devin Carman
Bill Number: 
LEEIII1
Legislature: 
Primary Chamber: 
Title: 
AN ACT to amend New Jersey Statute N.J.A.C. 6A:8, Standards and Assessment.
Enactment Clause: 
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that the New Jersey Statute N.J.A.C. 6A:8, Standards and Assessment eliminates the standardized testing assessment graduation requirement for high school students.
Sections: 
Section I: This action shall be amending the New Jersey Statute N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1 Graduation Requirements (a) to read as follows: FOR A STATE-ENDORSED DIPLOMA, DISTRICT BOARDS OF EDUCATION SHALL DEVELOP, ADOPT, AND IMPLEMENT LOCAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS THAT PREPARE STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS IN POSTSECONDARY DEGREE PROGRAMS, CAREERS, AND CIVIC LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY, AND THAT INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: 1. PARTICIPATION IN A LOCAL PROGRAM OF STUDY OF NOT FEWER THAN 120 CREDITS IN COURSES DESIGNED TO MEET ALL OF THE NJSLS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING CREDITS: I. AT LEAST 20 CREDITS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS, ALIGNED TO GRADE NINE THROUGH 12 STANDARDS, EFFECTIVE WITH THE 2009-2010 GRADE NINE CLASS; II. AT LEAST 15 CREDITS IN MATHEMATICS, INCLUDING ALGEBRA I OR THE CONTENT EQUIVALENT EFFECTIVE WITH THE 2008-2009 GRADE NINE CLASS; GEOMETRY OR THE CONTENT EQUIVALENT EFFECTIVE WITH THE 2010-2011 GRADE NINE CLASS; AND A THIRD YEAR OF MATHEMATICS THAT BUILDS ON THE CONCEPTS AND SKILLS OF ALGEBRA 2 AND GEOMETRY AND THAT PREPARES STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE AND 21ST CENTURY CAREERS EFFECTIVE WITH THE 2012-2013 GRADE NINE CLASS; III. AT LEAST 15 CREDITS IN SCIENCE, INCLUDING AT LEAST FIVE CREDITS IN LABORATORY BIOLOGY/LIFE SCIENCE OR THE CONTENT EQUIVALENT EFFECTIVE WITH THE 2008-2009 GRADE NINE CLASS; ONE ADDITIONAL LABORATORY/INQUIRY-BASED SCIENCE COURSE, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE CHEMISTRY, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, OR PHYSICS EFFECTIVE WITH 2010-2011 GRADE NINE CLASS; AND ONE ADDITIONAL LABORATORY/INQUIRY BASED SCIENCE COURSE EFFECTIVE WITH 2012-2013 GRADE NINE CLASS; IV. AT LEAST 15 CREDITS IN SOCIAL STUDIES, INCLUDING SATISFACTION OF N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1 AND 2; FIVE CREDITS IN WORLD HISTORY; AND THE INTEGRATION OF CIVICS, ECONOMICS, GEOGRAPHY AND GLOBAL CONTENT IN ALL COURSE OFFERINGS; V. AT LEAST 2.5 CREDITS IN FINANCIAL, ECONOMIC, BUSINESS, AND ENTREPRENEURIAL LITERACY, EFFECTIVE WITH 2010-2011 GRADE NINE CLASS; VI. AT LEAST 3 ¾ CREDITS IN HEALTH, SAFETY, AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION DURING EACH YEAR OF ENROLLMENT, DISTRIBUTED AS 150 MINUTES PER WEEK, AS REQUIRED BY N.J.S.A. 18A:35-5, 7 AND 8; VII. AT LEAST FIVE CREDITS IN VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS; VIII. AT LEAST FIVE CREDITS IN WORLD LANGUAGES OR STUDENT DEMONSTRATION OF PROFICIENCY AS SET FORTH IN (A)2II(2) BELOW; IX. TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY, CONSISTENT WITH THE NJSLS, INTEGRATED THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM; AND X. AT LEAST FIVE CREDITS IN 21ST CENTURY LIFE AND CAREERS, OR CAREER-TECHNICAL EDUCATION; 2. THE 120-CREDIT REQUIREMENT SET FORTH IN (A)1 ABOVE MAY BE MET IN WHOLE OR IN PART THROUGH PROGRAM COMPLETION OF A RANGE OF EXPERIENCES THAT ENABLE STUDENTS TO PURSUE A VARIETY OF INDIVIDUALIZED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES, AS FOLLOWS: I. DISTRICT BOARDS OF EDUCATION SHALL ESTABLISH A PROCESS TO APPROVE INDIVIDUALIZED STUDENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES THAT MEET OR EXCEED THE NJSLS. (1) INDIVIDUALIZED STUDENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN ALL NJSLS AREAS INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING: (A) INDEPENDENT STUDY; (B) ONLINE LEARNING; (C) STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS; (D) STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS; AND (E) STRUCTURED LEARNING EXPERIENCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WORK-BASED PROGRAMS, INTERNSHIPS, APPRENTICESHIPS, AND SERVICE LEARNING EXPERIENCES. (2) INDIVIDUALIZED STUDENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES BASED UPON SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES AIMED AT MEETING OR EXCEEDING THE NJSLS SHALL: (A) BE BASED ON STUDENT INTEREST AND CAREER GOALS AS REFLECTED IN THE PERSONALIZED STUDENT LEARNING PLANS; (B) INCLUDE DEMONSTRATION OF STUDENT COMPETENCY; (C) BE CERTIFIED FOR COMPLETION BASED ON THE DISTRICT PROCESS ADOPTED ACCORDING TO (A)2II BELOW; AND (D) BE ON FILE IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND SUBJECT TO REVIEW BY THE COMMISSIONER OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE. (3) GROUP PROGRAMS BASED UPON SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES AIMED AT MEETING OR EXCEEDING THE NJSLS SHALL BE PERMITTED UNDER THIS SECTION AND SHALL BE APPROVED IN THE SAME MANNER AS OTHER APPROVED COURSES. II. DISTRICT BOARDS OF EDUCATION SHALL ESTABLISH A PROCESS FOR GRANTING OF CREDITS THROUGH SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF ASSESSMENTS THAT VERIFY STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IN MEETING OR EXCEEDING THE NJSLS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL, INCLUDING STANDARDS ACHIEVED BY MEANS OF THE INDIVIDUALIZED STUDENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES ENUMERATED AT (A)2 ABOVE. SUCH PROGRAMS OR ASSESSMENTS MAY OCCUR ALL OR IN PART PRIOR TO A STUDENT’S HIGH SCHOOL ENROLLMENT; NO SUCH LOCALLY ADMINISTERED ASSESSMENTS SHALL PRECLUDE OR EXEMPT STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN APPLICABLE STATEWIDE ASSESSMENTS AT GRADES THREE THROUGH 12. (1) DISTRICT BOARDS OF EDUCATION SHALL CHOOSE ASSESSMENTS THAT ARE ALIGNED WITH OR EXCEED THE NJSLS AND MAY INCLUDE LOCALLY DESIGNED ASSESSMENTS. (2) DISTRICT BOARDS OF EDUCATION SHALL CHOOSE FROM AMONG THE FOLLOWING ASSESSMENT OPTIONS TO DETERMINE IF STUDENTS HAVE ACHIEVED THE LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY DESIGNATED AS NOVICE HIGH AS DEFINED BY THE ACTFL AND RECOGNIZED AS FULFILLING THE WORLD LANGUAGES REQUIREMENT OF THE NJSLS: (A) THE STAMP ONLINE ASSESSMENT; (B) THE OPI OR MOPI; OR (C) DEPARTMENT-APPROVED LOCALLY DESIGNED COMPETENCY-BASED ASSESSMENTS; III. DISTRICT BOARDS OF EDUCATION SHALL ESTABLISH A PROCESS TO APPROVE POSTSECONDARY LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES THAT MAY CONSIST OF ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) COURSES, CLEP, OR CONCURRENT/DUAL ENROLLMENT AT ACCREDITED HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS. (1) DISTRICT BOARDS OF EDUCATION SHALL AWARD CREDIT FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF AN APPROVED, ACCREDITED COLLEGE COURSE THAT ASSURES ACHIEVEMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS THAT MEETS OR EXCEEDS THE NJSLS. 3. LOCAL STUDENT ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS; 4. ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION; 5. ANY STATUTORILY MANDATED REQUIREMENTS FOR EARNING A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA.
Section II: The people that will keep this up will be the Assessment Committee of The New Jersey Department of Education, The school districtś Guidance Counselor and the Vice Principal or Superintendent of Schools.
Section III: There won’t be any consequences counted against the school districts who make it mandatory in there district but it's not required to graduate. Schools will be able to implement standardized tests even though it's not required, it’s up to that school district whether they want to make it mandatory. Schools are allowed to make it mandatory but it won’t be allowed to make it a graduation requirement.
Effective Date: 
The effective date will be the 2020-2021 school year.
Statement of Intent: 
Revising the requirement of passing all standardized tests to graduate high school will abbreviate the current, necessary requirements through repealing language referencing PARCC or equivalent testing measures. Removing the standardized testing requirement would alleviate stress from teachers, staff, and students.
Author's Note: 
The $3,000 went towards the Assessment Committee of The New Jersey Department Of Education.
Lobbyist Consideration: 
Yes
Fund Summary: 
Funds necessary for the implementation of this law will come from the Department of Education. The implementation of this law will fall under the jurisdiction of the Board of Education.
Speedpass Consideration: 
Yes
Secondary Sponsor: