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August 6, 2016
This special announcement will provide you with up-to-date information on pertinent educational issues that are part of the State Board's agenda.

Eyes on the NJ State Board of Education
Meeting Date: August 3, 2016


Adoption Action
Standards and Assessment N.J.A.C. Pertaining to High School Graduation Requirement, Pursuant to N.J.S.A.18A:7A-10 through 14, 18A:7C-1 et seq., 18A:7E-2 through 5, 18A:35-4.2 and 4.7, and 18A:59-5.  

The State Board adopted changes to New Jersey's high school graduation requirement
The approved amendments throughout the chapter transition away from the comprehensive HSPA to end-of-course assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) 10 and Algebra I as the statewide assessment graduation requirement. These assessments were selected as the appropriate assessments for students to demonstrate graduation proficiency as the tests appear to align best with the expectations of the knowledge and skills for graduation established in state statute. However, the selection of ELA 10 and Algebra I is being made to ease the transition to a new assessment system and will be reassessed after a few years of implementation.  

In addition, the transition of the statewide assessment graduation requirement to end-of-course assessments will take place gradually. As such, students graduating in 2016 through 2019 will be able to satisfy the requirement to demonstrate proficiency in English language arts and mathematics through a means other than an end-of-course PARCC assessment, including achieving a passing score on a substitute competency test or meeting the criteria of NJDOE's portfolio appeal process.  

Students graduating in the class of 2020 will be permitted to demonstrate graduation proficiency through the same alternative means as those in the classes of 2016 through 2019, provided that students in the class of 2020 take all end-of-course PARCC assessments for which they are eligible as of the effective date of the approved amendments.  

Students graduating in 2021, and thereafter, who have not demonstrated proficiency on English language arts and mathematics though the end-of-course PARCC assessment by their senior year may demonstrate graduation proficiency by meeting the criteria of the portfolio appeals process. The criteria used in NJDOE's portfolio appeals process for the class of 2016 and thereafter will be similar to the criteria used for the Alternative High School Assessment (AHSA) appeals process.

Editor's Note
"The August 2 announcement of the 2015-2016 PARCC assessment results - an integral component of the teaching and learning process is most welcome news," said NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard G. Bozza.

Resolution Adoptions
EdTPA Performance Assessment and Qualifying Cut Scores for Novice Teachers to Receive Certification
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.2(a)6, N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-5.5(a)2, N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.8 and N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.7(a)4.

State Operation of the City of Newark Public Schools 
Return Function of Personnel to Local Control 
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:30-7.2 and that the functions of Instruction and Program, and Governance shall continue to be placed under partial state intervention pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:30-7.2. 

Enlargement of Purpose for the Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services Commission
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:6-69.

Revised Annual Calendar of Religious Holidays for the 2016-2017 School Year Pursuant to N.J.S.A.18A:36-14-16.

Honor Retiring State Board of Education Member Dr. Dorothy S. Strickland 
First appointed to the State Board of Education in 2008, Dr. Strickland was honored for her commitment and dedication to public education through her role as an education policymaker having served under two Governors, four State Board of Education Presidents and collaborated with five Commissioners of Education.

Second Discussion
Student Transportation
The State Board discussed amendments to the regulations pertaining to school buses at N.J.A.C. 6A:27, Student Transportation, pursuant to N.J.S.A.18A:39-21.

The Legislature passed and Governor Christie in January enacted A-1455, which requires school buses manufactured on or after July 17, 2016, to be equipped with a sensor "to determine the presence of objects in the front or back of the bus." The law, P.L. 2015, c.266 (N.J.S.A. 39:3B-26), requires the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission in the Department of Transportation, to promulgate rules to effectuate the act's provisions. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at agallagher@njasa.net or 609-599-2900, ext. 126. 


Sincerely,

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Anne H. Gallagher
NJASA Director of Communications