Schools throughout New Jersey will administer the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science this spring. ELA and Mathematics assessments will be administered to students in grades 3-9 (some students may be required to test in grades 10, 11, or 12 depending on unique circumstances), and Science assessments will be given to students in grades 5, 8 and 11.
Students' progress toward the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science is assessed through the NJSLA assessments. Writing effectively when analyzing texts will be the focus of ELA assessments. Assessments in Mathematics will emphasize applying skills and concepts and understanding multi-step problems that require abstract reasoning, modeling real-world problems, precision, perseverance, and strategic use of tools. Assessments will focus on the application of scientific concepts and practices within the domains of earth and space, life, and physical science. Students will demonstrate their acquired skills and knowledge by answering selected-response items, constructed-response items, and technology-enhanced questions.
NJSLA assessments provide deeper information about student progress than previous tests, making them an important tool for measuring student achievement. The assessments identify areas where a student may need additional support as well as where he or she has mastered the content and can be challenged to go deeper into the subject matter. Test results cannot provide a complete picture of achievement, but when combined with course grades and teacher reports, a clearer picture emerges of student progress and performance can be monitored over time.
The Newark Board of Education ensures a testing environment that follows all protocols and procedures and is not disruptive to students taking the assessments. We are committed to student achievement and these assessments raise the bar for District students to ensure they are on the path to success. It is important that students arrive at school on time during the state testing period. It is important for students to get a good night's sleep and eat a good breakfast. Additionally, students should listen to their teacher during the testing period, use their time wisely, read all test questions carefully, and answer all questions on the test.