New Jersey takes step to reduce state testing in high school

By: | October 21, 2019

New Jersey students will take fewer state exams in high school starting with the class of 2023, following a vote by the state Board of Education on Monday.

The board voted 12-1 to dump exams in math and English for sophomores and create a single 11th grade test for graduation – instead of the two that students currently take.

The measure, which still needs final approval from the board, follow years of heated debate over the amount of testing in high school and whether students should be required to take an exam to graduate at all. If it survives a second vote after a 60-day public-comment period, it would apply to the classes of 2023, 2024 and 2025.

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