Civil Rights Groups and Parents Speak Out Against New High School Grad Requirements

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Parents and civil rights groups are saying that New Jersey’s high school graduation requirements are unfair.

These groups have challenged a new state mandate that says students must pass two standardized tests to be eligible to graduate high school. Several civil rights and parent advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit to block the mandate adopted in August by the state board of education.

They claim the new rule violates the state’s graduation statute and other applicable laws.

The mandate means students will have to pass the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests in algebra 1 and 10th-grade English language arts. These changes took effect with students entering eighth grade this fall, or the high school class of 2021.

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