source: Save Our Schools NJ
This Thursday (March 16th), the full NJ Assembly is voting on ACR 215, which would overturn PARCC as a graduation requirement.
This does not need Governor Christie's signature!
If a simple majority of the NJ Assembly and NJ Senate support ACR 215 and its Senate companion SCR 132, the current PARCC graduation requirements would be struck down.
Thanks to your calls and nearly 6,000 emails, ACR 215 was overwhelmingly approved by the Assembly Education Committee on February 13th. If the full NJ Assembly approves it this Thursday, it will move to the NJ Senate for a vote!
Please CLICK HERE to ask your legislators to support these concurrent resolutions.
Why the regulations making PARCC a graduation requirement should be struck down:
- Only 13 states still use high school graduation exams because the research consistently shows that they increase high school dropout rates and incarceration rates and DO NOT improve college participation rates or economic prospects for students.
- Making PARCC a graduation requirement violates New Jersey's graduation statute and other laws. That is why the ACLU NJ and the Education Law Center have brought a legal challenge against them.
- The PARCC scores required to graduate are inappropriately high. In 2016, only 44% of New Jersey students achieved the necessary PARCC score on the 10th grade English Language Arts PARCC and only 41% achieved the score on the Algebra I PARCC.
To learn more, please see: http://www.saveourschoolsnj.org/nj-new-graduation-requirements/
Assembly Concurrent Resolution 215 is available here: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2016/Bills/ACR/215_I1.HTM
Senate Concurrent Resolution 132 is available here: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2016/Bills/SCR/132_I1.HTM/