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Informational Guide for the Mathematics Portfolio Appeals Process

Updated November 2021

To fulfill the mathematics assessment component of New Jersey high school graduation requirements, a student must demonstrate proficiency in mathematics. Any 12th grade student in the class of 2022 who has not yet met the high school graduation assessment requirement for mathematics may do this through the portfolio appeals process by demonstrating competency in Constructed Response Tasks (CRTs) evidencing the mathematical practices aligned to the high school mathematics content areas.

Each of the content areas encompasses knowledge and skills articulated in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Mathematics (NJSLS-M). Through the portfolio appeals process, evidence is gathered of a student’s ability to demonstrate the mathematical practices through reasoning and modeling within the high school content areas. The high school mathematics content areas, which can be found in the NJSLS-M starting on page 59, include:

  • Number and Quantity (N).
  • Functions (F).
  • Algebra (A).
  • Geometry (G).
  • Statistics and Probability (S).

The appeals process must provide evidence from two mathematical practice categories as follows:

  1. Expressing Mathematical Reasoning: Express appropriate mathematical reasoning by constructing viable arguments, critiquing the reasoning of others and/or attending to precision when making mathematical statements.
    • Base explanations and reasoning on knowledge and skills articulated in the Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability content areas.
  2. Modeling: Apply knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems, engaging particularly in the modeling practice and, where appropriate, making sense and persevering to solve them, reasoning abstractly and quantitatively, using appropriate tools strategically and making use of structure.
    • Solve multi-step contextual problems requiring application of knowledge and skills articulated in the Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability content areas.

Districts should use NJSLA-M practice items and released Items as examples of the kinds of questions that should be included but may not use the actual items for their appeals.


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