New Jersey Student Learning Assessment
New Jersey has had statewide tests for decades, and they have served as a small, but important part of assessing our students’ annual progress. We are very proud of the great work our students do daily and thank you for your continued partnership encouraging your child to do their very best each day in school!
Governor Phil Murphy has called on the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to transition away from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and to improve upon New Jersey’s system of statewide assessments. This report describes the process of fulfilling that promise, driven by the NJDOE’s guiding principles of maintaining high academic standards for all students and implementing education policies in an inclusive and collaborative manner. For more information, please visit the NJDOE New Jersey State Assessment website.
Spring of 2019 marked the first year of the new assessment called the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (formerly PARCC). The New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) measure the academic performance of students with grade-level content as defined in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). Evaluating the results from statewide testing can be a helpful tool in measuring your child’s success in school, and it is just one of the many ways your child’s teachers and administrators can determine whether he or she is on track for the next grade or ready for college and their career.
Our Hillsdale teachers prepare youngsters for NJSLA assessments in several ways. Our curriculum is aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, https://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/, and our students are regularly presented with skills and knowledge essential for performing well on these tests. We believe that a strong curriculum, rather than isolated test preparation, is the best way to prepare students for all types of assessments. The Hillsdale Public School District recognizes the value of using assessments to drive instruction. Assessments provide students with opportunities to practice skills and demonstrate an understanding of content, and provide teachers with valuable information regarding student progress that can be used to raise student achievement. The data from the NJSLA will inform you how your child’s performance compares to other children in his or her school, district, and state. Evaluating the results from statewide testing can be a helpful tool in measuring your child’s success in school, and it is just one of the many ways your child’s teachers and administrators can determine whether he or she is on track for the next grade or ready for college and their career.
Newly available this year is the Digital Item Library, https://nj.digitalitemlibrary.com/home, which provides access to released items from the NJSLA ELA and mathematics assessments. Tools available in the library can help search for specific items or sort items by Evidence Statements or standards. The items are displayed online and allow users to view and interact with the items in the exact same manner as student test-takers. Additional released items will continue to be added as they become available. Another resource is the Pearson website which offers practice tests for each grade level of the NJSLA assessment should you wish to familiarize yourself with the kinds of items and format used for the online NJSLA assessment: https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/practice-tests/.
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA-ELA) ELA Blueprint
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA-M) Math Blueprint
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA-S) Science Information
Please know that, as always, we remain child-centered to assure all our students are prepared and supported during testing times. If you have any questions about the NJSLA English Langauge Arts Literacy, Mathematics and/or NJSLA-S Science assessment, please reach out to your child’s principal for further discussion.