Start Strong Fall 2021 Administration
On April 6, 2021, the United States Department of Education (USED), recognizing that “we are in the midst of a pandemic that requires real flexibility,” informed the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) that the administration of Start Strong assessments in fall 2021 will satisfy the federal statewide assessment requirement to administer general assessments in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science for the 2020-2021 school year. This flexibility shall apply only to the 2020-2021 school year, and the Start Strong assessments in fall 2021 will be used in lieu of the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) that were scheduled to be administered in spring 2021.
Additional information regarding the Start Strong assessments can be found in the Start Strong Overview for Parents.
New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJSPA)
Students must take and demonstrate proficiency in grade 11 on the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment, which includes content aligned to the grade 10 New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) in ELA, and the NJSLS in Algebra 1 and Geometry. If, after completing the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment, a student does not demonstrate proficiency on the ELA or mathematics section, the student may retake the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment in the following summer or fall.
Additional information regarding the NJGPA may be found on the Graduation Assessment Requirements site.
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA)
Students in grade 9 are required to participate in the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (for the course they are currently enrolled in, either Algebra I, Algebra II or Geometry).
Students in grade 11 are required to participate in the NJSLA Science in addition to the NJSPA.
ELA and Math Resources for Parents may be found on the Assessment website.
Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)
The alternate assessment for students with the most significant intellectual disabilities in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science is called the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM). For information on the DLM, go to the Dynamic Learning Maps website..
ACCESS for ELLs
New Jersey, as a member of the WIDA Consortium, uses the ACCESS for ELLs suite of assessments as a tool to measure English Language Learners (ELLs) proficiency in the English language. Students are assessed in four domains: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.
The New Jersey ACCESS for ELLs suite of assessments includes:
- ACCESS for ELLs
- Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
- Alternate ACCESS for ELLs (For students with the most significant intellectual disabilities)
For the most updated information on the ACCESS assessments, please visit the New Jersey WIDA state page.