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Informational Guide for the English Language Arts Portfolio Appeals Process

Updated November 2021

To fulfill the English language arts (ELA) assessment component of New Jersey high school graduation requirements, a student must demonstrate proficiency in English language arts. Any 12th grade student in the class of 2022 who has not yet met the high school graduation assessment requirement for ELA may do this through the portfolio appeals process by demonstrating competency in Constructed Response Tasks (CRTs) aligned to the content categories as described in the following:

  • Two grade-level reading passages (one literary and one informational) as well as associated items that demonstrate a student’s comprehension (i.e., multiple-choice items and short constructed responses to open-ended questions).
  • Writing that includes at least two of the three types required by New Jersey Student Learning Standards in ELA (i.e., informative/explanatory, argument, narrative).

Writing tasks should be scored using the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments-ELA (NJSLA-ELA) Grades 6 to 11 rubrics. Districts should use NJSLA-ELA practice items and released items as examples of the kinds of questions that should be included but may not use the actual items for their appeals.


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