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On July 5, 2022, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill No. 3196 into law. The bill eliminates the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJGPA) as a prerequisite for 11th graders expected to graduate as part of the class of 2023; the assessment will be used as a field test instead. This move comes after much debate regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and the challenges associated with returning to in-person learning.

According to the bill, the results of the test will be used to assist in the development of state assessments for future graduating classes. Nothing in the bill would be construed to alter or amend local graduation requirements adopted by a board of education. Senate Bill No. 50, which also addresses graduation requirements, passed in the Senate, but its Assembly companion, A4364, has not yet moved. The Professional Development and Instructional Issues Division will provide the field with updates as they become available.

Please contact Dawn Howlen at dhowlen@njea.org if you have any questions or concerns.