Thousands of N.J. high school students file appeals to graduate

Significantly more New Jersey students are filing appeals to earn their diplomas following controversial changes to high school graduation requirements.

More than 10,000 portfolio appeals have been approved so far by the state Department of Education, according to a report from Officials say about 2,000 students filed appeals in most previous years.

The state said 2010 was the only other year when at least 10,000 students filed appeals.

The portfolio appeal allows seniors to fulfill the standardized test requirement in math and English by substituting those test scores with graded class work, transcripts and other evidence of academic achievement.

The state has long required that students pass a basic skills test in order to graduate. But it now allows students to use a variety of tests.

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