New Jersey won’t require tests to graduate or rate teachers on student growth

By: | January 12, 2021

New Jersey will not require high school seniors to pass any tests in order to graduate this year, and teachers will not be rated on students’ academic growth, Gov. Phil Murphy said, nodding to the ongoing disruption of the still-raging pandemic.

Twelfth graders must still meet credit and attendance requirements in order to earn diplomas this year, but they don’t need to pass exit exams, according to Murphy’s new executive order. And teachers will not be rated on student test scores or other academic measures this year, leaving classroom observations — whether in person or virtual — as the sole measure of teacher effectiveness.

“As we’ve said from moment one, this is not a normal or regular school year,” Murphy said. “We have to be more flexible and more understanding.”

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