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Assessments and Testing

The Montclair Public Schools Summary of State and District Testing for 2017-2018 provides a high-level overview of standardized assessments and other assessments given to students in our district. These include tests used for state graduation requirements as determined by the New Jersey State Department of Education (NJDOE).  To ensure our parents/guardians and staff have current information relative to NJDOE’s updated graduation requirements, this document was prepared to communicate the revised graduation requirements for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC):

  • Class of 2021 and beyond must take and pass PARCC Algebra and PARCC English Language Assessment (ELA) for Grade 10.  These students must pass PARCC Algebra when they take Algebra.  For example, 7th and 8th graders in Algebra B will take PARCC Algebra.
  • Class of 2020 (Grade 10) must take all PARCC assessments aligned to courses enrolled in Montclair High School (MHS).
  • Class of 2018 and 2019 continue to have PARCC as one of the pathways for graduation.
  • Details on NJ State Graduation Testing Requirements as of May 2017:

As a result of the changes to the requirements for graduation in the State of New Jersey, the District will no longer use the language “opt-out.”  However, parents/guardians may continue to submit written notice to the school that their children are “refusing to test.”  Given the change in requirements for graduation, we want to employ language that has been used across New Jersey school districts for over two years so our families fully understand the relationship between state testing and state graduation requirements.  If parents/guardians refuse student testing, they do so with the understanding that the current appeal process for state graduation is only for students who have taken all PARCC tests associated with the high school level courses for which there is an eligible PARCC assessment.  High school courses with an eligible PARCC assessment include: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, ELA 9, ELA 10, and ELA 11. 

Other tests detailed in the attachment are listed below:

  • Renaissance Learning (RL) – a teacher tool to gather data to personalize instruction (grades 1 -8),

  • District Algebra Accelerated Placement Test – an assessment for students in grades 5 and 6,

  • ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELL) – an assessment for K-12 students who have English as a secondary language,

  • Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) for ELA and Math – an alternate assessment for students with significant intellectual disabilities in ELA and Math,

  • The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT) – an assessment given to all 10th and 11th grade students,

  • Accuplacer – an optional college placement test for seniors, and

  • Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery assessment (ASVAB) – an optional assessment for seniors.

Assessment administration dates vary by school and parents/guardians will be notified once scheduled.  Please contact your child’s principal should you have any questions or concerns about your child’s performance on district and/or state assessments. 

Updated: 3/12/2018