Assessments and Testing

The United States (US) Department of Education responded to the New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) assessment waiver request on April 6, 2021. In that response, the US Department of Education determined, due to the impact of COVID-19, the Start Strong assessments in English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science may serve as New Jersey’s required general assessments for the 2020-2021 school year, thus negating the need for a waiver of statewide assessments. Therefore, the spring 2021 New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) administration will be canceled and the Start Strong assessments in ELA, math, and science will be administered in fall 2021. NJDOE will be providing more information and guidance regarding state assessments shortly. Thus, Montclair Public Schools will NOT administer the NJSLA for Math, English Language Arts (ELA) and Science.  The test refusal form in Genesis will be removed and disregarded. ACCESS 2.0 and Dynamic Learning Map Assessments will continue to be administered in person.

  • ACCESS 2.0 for English Language Learners (ELL) is an assessment for K-12 students who have English as a secondary language.  For more information, please contact Supervisor of World Language and English as a Second Language, Frank Sedita, fsedita@montclair.k12.nj.us.
  • Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) for ELA and Math is an alternate assessment for students with significant intellectual disabilities in ELA and Math.  For more information, please contact Supervisor of Special Education, Ed Wilson, ewilson@montclair.k12.nj.us.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: As per the New Jersey State Department of Education (NJDOE):

  • Class of 2021:  Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 214 on January 11, 2021 to waive the statutory graduation assessment requirement for any twelfth-grade student who is expected to graduate in the Class of 2021 but has not met the graduation assessment requirement.
  • Class of 2022 and higher: The NJDOE is committed to providing fair notice to students and educators and will continue to collaborate with stakeholders to transition to the next generation of statewide assessments.
  • For details go to: https://www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/docs/GradReq.pdf

State and District Testing Summary:

The Montclair Public Schools Summary of State and District Testing for 2020-2021 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). 

Other tests are listed below:

  • 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,
  • District Midterms and Final Exams - K-12 classroom assessment that varies by grade/subject,
  • Renaissance Learning (RL) - a teacher tool to gather data to personalize instruction (grades 1 -8),
  • Developmental Reading Assessment, 2nd edition (DRA-2) - K-5 district reading assessment,
  • SAIL Placement Tests - assessments in English Language Arts (grades 6-8) and mathematics (grades 3-5),
  • 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.

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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