Non-Participation Penalties

Are students required to take NJSLA (PARCC)? Can parents refuse to have their child participate?

"Neither federal nor state law provides parents with an option regarding participation in the tests. The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has required 95% of all students in grades 3 to 8 be tested annually. Schools that don’t meet the standard could face implementation of a corrective action plan and possibly risk a loss of federal funding."

New Jersey Department of Education

NJSLA (PARCC) Participation- Federal Response(PDF - 104 KB)

Participation- Commissioner Hespe(PDF - 245 KB)

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