We believe a testing program is most valuable when it is used to help children learn better rather than as a means of judging them. In order that the capabilities of each child may be fully known and challenging work may be planned, a testing program is administered throughout the school year. Students in the Hillsdale Public Schools will be assessed throughout the school year to monitor progress. The results of these assessments are used to adjust schoolwork to a student’s needs so that each child is able to realize his/her full scholastic potential.
Students are screened for dyslexia in grades 1 and 2 as part of our early intervention program. Students in grades 2 and 5 will take the InView assessment, which provides an overall composite of each student’s cognitive abilities. The New Jersey Department of Education administers the PARCC in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics to students in grades 3 through 8, and a New Jersey Science Assessment in grades 5 and 8. Portfolio assessments, including district writing benchmark assessments, are utilized to measure progress in grades Kindergargen through Eight.