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Assessment & Standardized Testing

330 Mount Laurel Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Phone: 856.235.3387

Assessments & Resources

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).
For a complete list of assessments used in the Mount Laurel Schools, please view this chart.
Please visit our Program Resources web pages to learn more about student expectations and program content.

Assessments for Gifted Academic Placement

Placement in our Gifted Academic Program (G.A.P.) is determined through a review of multiple academic and ability measures. These include but are not limited to:
Areas considered include:

  • Assessment of cognitive abilities (CogAT)
  • Fountas and Pinnell (F&P) instructional level expectations for reading
  • District academic assessments and grade level performance (STAR Reading, STAR Math)

Please see the Mount Laurel School District's Gifted Academic Program webpage for more information:

NJSLA-Science Test Resources

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:
Parent, Student and Teacher Information Guides:
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment - Science (NJSLA-S) Grade 5
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment - Science (NJSLA-S) Grade 8
Periodic Table of the Elements - Grade 8 (English)
Periodic Table of the Elements - Grade 8 (Spanish)
New Jersey Student Learning Assessments Resource Center
NJSLA-Science resources and practice tests:
Help your child reach his or her goals with Learning Heroes:
New Jersey State Assessments:

How to Help Your Child With Test-Taking

Test-taking can be stressful for children. Often, the pressure to perform well is self-imposed and results in anxiety that parents may not immediately recognize. Parents can help to offset that anxiety by making sure that children eat a good breakfast on test days and get a good night's sleep the night before. But there are other ways to help throughout the school year if you understand the types of assessments students will face and the basic expectations of success. Below is a link to a site you may find helpful:
Helping Your Child with Test-Taking