NJ OK’s Tougher Graduation Requirements

TRENTON (AP) -

New Jersey students will soon have to pass two standardized tests, one on algebra and another on English language arts, to be eligible to graduate high school, the state Board of Education voted on Wednesday.

The new requirement takes effect with students entering eighth grade this fall, or the high school class of 2021. The vote came a day after state officials announced that a higher percentage of students had met or exceeded expectations on the tests.

Some teachers, unions and parents groups have opposed the test, in part because it continually ratchets up the stakes for students and schools. Some students and parents boycotted it.

The vote came days after test results indicated that a higher percentage of students met or exceeded expectations on the standardized test the state administers.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers marks, Gov. Chris Christie said, are encouraging and validate the state’s approach to testing.