The Department created an incremental transition plan, designed to protect graduating students from being unfairly assessed on new content as a result of the transition. Here are some details on how that transition plan was implemented:
- On June 16, 2010, the new standards were adopted, and the Department looked for a new statewide test to assess these new standards and the necessary changes to the graduation assessment requirements.
- On September 10, 2012, the Department described the transition plan from the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to the new PARCC assessment for high school graduation assessment requirements.
- On September 30, 2014, the Department provided the specific high school assessment requirements for the Classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018.
- On October 8, 2014, a Frequently Asked Questions document on the transition to PARCC was provided to districts.
- On September 9, 2015, the Department advised that, to ensure adequate time for transition to the new assessments, the NJDOE is extending the transition period for the graduation requirements that were identified in the September 30, 2014, memorandum to now include students in the Class of 2019.
- On October 6, 2015, the Department described the 2016 portfolio appeals process for students who have not met their assessment graduation requirement.
- On November 5, 2015, the Department announced that the New Jersey State Board of Education approved the threshold score points to define the performance levels in the PARCC assessment program, and provided the updated list of assessments and their various score points that members of the classes of 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 can use to demonstrate that they have met the competency testing requirements needed for a regular high school diploma with the appropriate threshold scores for PARCC assessments included.
- On January 11, 2016, amendments to the high school graduation assessment requirements were presented to the State Board of Education for first discussion.
- On March 8, 2016, the Department provided guidance and clarification about Individualized Education Program (IEP) decision making related to graduation requirements, statewide assessment and students with disabilities.
- On April 5, 2016, the Department added the Accuplacer WritePlacer ESL to the menu of assessment options that can be used as a substitute competency assessment for current English language learners (ELLs) to meet the graduation assessment requirements.
- On April 6, 2016, the State Board of Education approved amendments to the high school graduation assessment requirements for publication in the New Jersey Register on May 16, 2016.