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NJ Scraps Biology Test Requirement, For Now

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey education officials have decided not to require high school students to pass a biology test to graduate — at least not yet.

The requirement was supposed to kick in for the class of 2014, or current freshmen.

But when almost half the students who took the test last year failed, it raised concerns, according to The Record of Bergen County.

Acting Education Commissioner Rochelle Hendricks told the state’s public school districts earlier this month that passing the test won’t be mandatory just yet.

Students will still take the exam when they finish their biology courses.

State officials say it will be required again after the test is revised.

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NJ scraps biology test requirement — for now
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey education officials have decided not to require high school students to pass a biology test to graduate — at least not yet.
The requirement was supposed to kick in for the class of 2014, or current freshmen.
But when almost half the students who took the test last year failed, it raised concerns, according to The Record of Bergen County.
Acting Education Commissioner Rochelle Hendricks told the state’s public school districts earlier this month that passing the test won’t be mandatory just yet.
Students will still take the exam when they finish their biology courses.
State officials say it will be required again after the test is revised.
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