Assessments and Testing

State and District Testing Summary:

The Montclair Public Schools Summary of State and District Testing for 2021-2022 provides a high-level overview of standardized assessments and other assessments given to students in our district. See Summary of Testing parent letter. These include tests used for state graduation requirements as determined by the New Jersey State Department of Education (NJDOE). 

Please note, there are new assessments that will be administered this year listed below:

Start Strong:
State assessment administered to ELA: Grades 4-10, Math: Grades 4-8, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 & Science: Grades 6, 9 and 12
Testing Window: September 13-October 22, 2021

New Jersey State Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJSGPA): 
State assessment for graduation administered to Grade 11 students
Testing Window: March 14-18, 2022

Acadience Reading: Replacing Dynamic Reading Assessment (DRA) for grades K-8
Administered four times throughout the school year. See parent letter for more information (9.24.21).

Other assessments included:

New Jersey Student Learning Assessment - English Language Arts (ELA) and Math (NJSLA-E, NJSLA-M) ELA grades 3-11 and Mathematics grades 3-8, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 - CANCELLED SPRING 2021
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment - Science (NJSLA-S) Grade 5, 8 & 11 state science assessment - CANCELLED SPRING 2021
ACCESS 2.0 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, and
District Algebra Placement Test - an assessment for students in grades 5 and 6,Renaissance Learning STAR – Math, ELA and Early Literacy diagnostic and benchmark assessments
Accuplacer - an optional college placement test for seniors,
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery assessment (ASVAB) - an optional assessment for seniors,
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) - an optional college placement test for seniors,
American College Test (ACT) - an optional college placement test for seniors,
Avant STAMP Testing - an assessment administered to all 8th grade students to measure individual proficiency in the domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in a target language.

Specific testing dates of state assessment administration may vary by school and parents/guardians will be notified once scheduled.

See details on NJ State Graduation Testing Requirements as of January 2021.

Please contact your child’s principal should you have any questions or concerns about your child’s performance on district and/or state assessments.


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