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A Letter from Dr. Vitella Regarding TestingTop of Page

March 2019
 
Dear Parents/Guardians:
This year there were changes to the spring testing administration. The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) 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 are 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 remains 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 would be added to the assessment, bringing total testing time to 3 hours, which is in alignment with ELA and math.
 
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. Letters submitted last year are not valid for the upcoming 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.
 
Sincerely,
Sharon A. Vitella, Ed.D
 

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