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). Please refer to the chart below for NJSLA unit testing times. Make-up testing will follow regular NJSLA assessment administration.
Wanaque School District Spring 2021 NJSLA Testing Schedule*
*Dates and unit testing times are subject to change.
**Students enrolled in Algebra I will participate in the 2021 Algebra I end-of-course test. Students will
complete two units; 90 minutes each.
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.
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 2021 assessment, which has replaced the NJASK Science Assessment in Grades 4 and 8. The date the NJSLA-S will be administered is TBD. Please refer to the chart below for Spring 2021 unit testing times. All units are computer-based.
Wanaque School District Spring 2021 NJSLA-S Testing Schedule*
SCIENCE Day 1
SCIENCE Day 2
5 & 8
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. 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 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.
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 typically April – May.
Click here for more information about Dynamic Learning Maps.
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAt) is a multiple-choice K-12 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 16-25.
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 sent to families on September 29, 2020.)
*The NJDOE will continue to closely monitor developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic and will keep schools apprised of new information regarding statewide assessments.
- 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.
Click to Download the Assessment Schedule for the 2020-21 School Year