This year there will be changes to the spring testing administration. The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has ended its membership with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The new assessments for English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics will be called the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-ELA (NJSLA-ELA) and the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-M (NJSLA-M).
The online platform for the assessments will remain the same, but the number of test questions will be reduced for ELA and math thus reducing the required testing time. The field test for the science assessment, New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-S (NJSLA-S), took place in 2018. As a result of that administration, the NJDOE determined that students in grade 5 needed additional time to effectively complete the assessment. We have been notified that an additional 30 minutes will be added to the assessment, bringing total testing time to 3 hours, which is in alignment with ELA and math. The testing window in our schools opens on April 8 for NJSLA-ELA and NJSLA-M and May 6 for NJSLA-Science. Your child’s principal will soon send a letter home detailing the days for testing in your child’s particular school.
Administration of the NJSLA-ELA, NJSLA-M, and NJSLA-S is required by the NJDOE. While the NJDOE has not legislated an opt-out program, we recognize a parent’s rights to make such decisions on behalf of his/her child.
Please allow me to share our guidelines on test refusal if that is your choice:
If you wish to refuse administration of the test to your child, we require that a letter be submitted to your child’s principal no later than March 29, 2019. Letters submitted last year are not valid for this year’s testing period.
All students will remain in their classrooms.
Students whose parents have refused NJSLA testing will be allowed to read or do alternate assignments. These activities will be determined at the school level by the principal and teacher.
Alternate activities will align with relevant learning standards.
Any student who is a disruption to the testing environment will be removed from the classroom.
I do ask that you make an informed decision in this matter. Please also consider the district-wide impact on reported test results as refusals are factored into local results as non-proficient scores.
I thank you in advance for your partnership in your child’s educational success.
Sharon A. Vitella, Ed.D
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This spring, students in grades 5 & 8 will participate in an online assessment called the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA). The NJSLA-S measures student proficiency with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) for Science and is designed to determine a student's readiness for college and career. It will help parents and teachers to determine whether or not students have achieved grade level standards.
You may find the following parent resources helpful: