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Graduation Requirements

Students must take and demonstrate proficiency in grade 11 on the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment, which includes content aligned to the grade 10 New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) in ELA, and the NJSLS in Algebra 1 and Geometry. If after completing the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment a student does not demonstrate proficiency on the ELA or mathematics section, the student may retake the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment in the following summer or fall.

A student with disabilities whose IEP states that they are not eligible for the alternate assessment (Dynamic Learning Maps) must take the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment in grade 11.

First Pathway—NJGPA

Note: Cut Scores Approved by the New Jersey State Board of Education on May 3, 2023

ELA Mathematics
New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment—ELA ≥ 725 (Graduation Ready) New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment—Mathematics ≥ 725 (Graduation Ready)
 

Second Pathway—Menu of Substitute Competency Tests

Note: This pathway is only available to students who completed the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment in grade 11.

Students who sat for the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment in grade 11 and did not demonstrate proficiency are able to demonstrate proficiency in ELA and/or mathematics by meeting the designated cut score on one of the assessments on the menu of substitute competency tests in the table for the second pathway (below).

Note: Cut Scores Approved by the New Jersey State Board of Education on May 3, 2023

ELA Mathematics

One of the following:

  • ACT Reading ≥ 17
  • Accuplacer WritePlacer ≥ 5
  • Accuplacer WritePlacer English Second Language ≥ 4
  • PSAT10 Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) ≥ 420
  • PSAT10 Reading ≥ 21
  • PSAT/NMSQT EBRW ≥ 420
  • PSAT/NMSQT Reading ≥ 21
  • SAT EBRW ≥ 450
  • SAT Reading ≥ 23

One of the following:

  • ACT Math ≥ 17
  • Accuplacer Elementary Algebra ≥ 49
  • Accuplacer Next-Generation QAS ≥ 250
  • PSAT10 Math Section or PSAT/NMSQT Math Section ≥ 420
  • PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math ≥ 21
  • SAT Math Section ≥ 440
  • SAT Math Test ≥ 22

 

Third Pathway—Portfolio Appeals

Note: This pathway is only available to students who completed the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment in grade 11.

Students who completed the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment in grade 11 and did not demonstrate proficiency are able to demonstrate proficiency in ELA and/or mathematics through a portfolio appeal in grade 12.

ELA Mathematics
Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal for ELA Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal for Math

 

Content Area Credits and Additional Requirements
English Language Arts 20 Credits
Mathematics
15 credits including:
  • Algebra I or the content equivalent2
  • Geometry or the content equivalent2
  • Third year of math that builds on the concepts and skills of algebra and geometry and prepares students for college and 21st century careers
Science 15 credits with at least 5 credits in each:
  • Laboratory biology/life science or the content equivalent
  • Laboratory/inquiry-based science course (i.e., chemistry, environmental science, or physics)
  • Laboratory/inquiry-based science course
Social Studies 15 credits including:
  • 5 credits in world history
  • Integration of civics, economics, geography and global content in all course offerings
  • N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1 and 18A:35-2
Finance, Economic Business, and Entrepreneurial Business Literacy 2.5 credits
Health, Safety, and Physical Education 15 credits over four years including:
  • 3 ¾ credits in health, safety, and physical education during each year of enrollment, distributed as 150 minutes per week each year
  • N.J.S.A. 18A:35-518A:35-718A:35-8
Visual and Performing Arts 5 Credits
World Languages 5 credits
Technology  Integrated throughout all course
Career and Technical Education Will range from 10-20 credits per year
Total Credits (Minimum) 140