New Jersey State Assessments
Standardized assessments are administered annually to measure student achievement in English language arts and Mathematics in Grades 3-11, and Science in Grades 5 and 8. The following assessments are mandated by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). For more information regarding New Jersey State Assessments, visit the NJDOE Assessment website here. For upcoming Statewide Assessment Testing Schedules and Statewide Assessment Unit Times, please follow the links below.
New Jersey Student Learning Assessments-ELA & Mathematics
The State of New Jersey has ended its membership of the interstate consortium that produced the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Assessments. While the online platform remains the same, the state's mathematics and English language arts (ELA) assessments will no longer be called Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
The statewide assessments for ELA and mathematics are called:
- New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-ELA (NJSLA-ELA)
- New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-Mathematics (NJSLA-M)
Wanaque School District will administer the New Jersey Learning Assessments (NJSLA) beginning Monday, May 4, 2020 for Grades 3-8. Please refer to the chart below for NJSLA unit testing times. Make-up testing will follow regular NJSLA assessment administration.
Wanaque School District has been randomly selected to participate in the ELA Field Test for the Spring 2020 NJSLA-ELA. For additional information regarding field testing, click to view the NJSLA Spring 2020 ELA Field Test Notification.
As information is made available by the New Jersey Department of Education regarding the Spring 2020 NJSLA administration, information will be updated accordingly.
All NJSLA units are computer-based, utilizing modern 21st century technology and offering accessibility features for all students (paper-based options are available for students with disabilities). Students can interact with all computer-based item types for all grade levels and subjects using the NJSLA Practice Tests and Tutorials. The NJSLA-ELA/M measure the same constructs and use the same item banks as the previous assessments. Click on the links below to view NJSLA test blueprints and companion guides.
An Individual Student Report (ISR) for English language arts and Mathematics will be mailed home the following school year, after results are received by the district (approximately mid to late August). The Individual Student Report provides a summary of how a student is progressing with grade level content as defined in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). The report also indicates where a student is doing well and where he or she may need additional help.
Newly available this year is the Digital Item Library<https://nj.digitalitemlibrary.com/home>, which provides access to released items from the NJSLA ELA and mathematics assessments. Tools available in the library can help search for specific items, or sort items by Evidence Statements or standards. The items are displayed online and allow for users to view and interact with the items in the exact same manner as student test-takers. Additional released items will continue to be added as they become available.
Another addition to score reporting is an online portal for parents/guardians. The online portal will include the student's scale score, quick access to resources that fit a student's needs, and a video score report. The portal will also allow for parents/guardians to track a student's scores from year to year, beginning with Spring 2019. To access the online portal, parents/guardians must create an account using the unique claim code that is located on their child's paper ISR.
The video score report that will be available through the online portal communicates information from the ISR through animations and a voiceover in New Jersey's top five languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, and Arabic. To further assist parents/guardians, the NJDOE has developed a Score Interpretation Guide for ELA and mathematics.
New Jersey Learning Assessment-Science
All students in Grades 5 and 8 must be administered the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-Science (NJSLA-S) Spring 2020 assessment, which has replaced the NJASK Science Assessment in Grades 4 and 8. The NJSLA-S will be administered on Tuesday, May 13th and Wednesday, May 22nd in Grades 5 and 8. Please refer to the chart below for Spring 2020 unit testing times. All units are computer-based.
The test items will focus on the standards of the grade band for which the assessment is developed:
- The Grade 5 assessment will contain questions on the standards from grades three to five;
- The Grade 8 assessment will focus on all middle school standards.
All NJSLA-S units are computer-based with paper-based options for students with disabilities. Results for the NJSLA-S have not yet been released, however the NJDOE anticipates that results will be available around late September to early October. For more information, visit the NJSLA-S website.
To view NJSLA-S information guides and practice tests, click on the links below.
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is an English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). The assessment is administered annually to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. The assessment measures each of the four domains of Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is given to all ELLs during the annual testing window, which typically lasts from mid-February through mid-April. The testing window for the 2019-20 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 test administration is February 18, 2020 to April 10, 2020. The test is offered in an online format for Grades 1-12 (Writing portion is paper in Grades 1-3.). The paper testing mode is offered for Grade K and by request for all other grade levels. According to the NJDOE, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 test results will be available on June 2, 2020 with districts being able to print by June 11, 2020.
Click here for more information about ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.
- ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Overview
- Guide for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Report
- Test Demo
- Sample Items & Test Practice(must use with Chrome browser)
Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)
Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) assessments are designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities for whom general state assessments are not appropriate, even with accommodations. DLM assessments offer these students a way to show what they know and can do in mathematics, English language arts, and science.
DLM assessments are designed to maximize accessibility for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Assessments are built to allow multiple ways for students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and understandings. Assessment design also incorporates current research on communication in such forms as the DLM core vocabulary, a list of words that have been determined to be highly useful for communicating in both social and academic contexts. At multiple points during the assessment development process, educators from DLM partner states who have expertise in accessibility review the assessments to ensure instructional relevance and minimize barriers for students with specific needs.
During assessment administration, students have access to unique accessibility tools and supports to fit each student’s needs and preferences. Some of these tools and supports are delivered through the online assessment system while others are provided outside the system, by the teacher. Decisions about the use of these tools and supports are made for each student, typically with input from an Individualized Education Program team.
The testing window is April 1st-May 29th.
Click here for more information about Dynamic Learning Maps.
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAt) is a multiple-choice K-8 assessment that measures reasoning skills with different types of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal questions. The CogAT is a group-administered aptitude test, completed with paper-and-pencil.
Students in Grades 2 and 6 are administered the CogAT assessment over a three day period, 60 minutes a day: November 11-15.
Click here for more information about CoGAT testing.
Overview Chart of District Assessments
New Jersey school districts are required by statute (N.J.S.A. 18A: 7C-6.6) to annually notify parents or guardians by October 1 of any statewide student assessment or commercially developed standardized assessment that will be administered over the course of the school year. Please click the below link, as it contains the following information in regards to assessments, dates, duration, and preparation. (This was also uploaded to the Friday Folder on September 19, 2019.)
- Testing Mode refers to how the student will be administered the assessment. The two modes are computer-based, and paper-and-pencil. Some computer-based assessments allow students to take the assessment using paper and pencil. Be sure to inquire about the options if your child has a medical issue that would not allow him/her to take the assessment on the computer.
- Testing Time is the maximum amount of time allotted to students to complete the assessment. Most students finish well in advance of the allotted time.
- Testing Window is the period in which districts administer the statewide student assessment. It is not the actual number of days it takes a student to complete the assessment. School districts can choose the specific days within the window to administer the test. Please inquire with your district about the exact testing dates of the assessment.
- Results Available refers to date districts receive individualized student results from the assessment vendor. These results should be distributed to students, educators, and families as soon as possible.