Parent Notification of Assessments 2020-21

New Jersey school districts, charter schools and renaissance school projects are required by statute (N.J.S.A. 18A: 7C-6.6) to annually notify parents or guardians by October 1 or within 30 days of any statewide student assessment or commercially developed standardized assessment that will be administered over the course of the school year.

Key:

        Number of Testing Administrations in Districts refers to the number of times a particular assessment will be offered during the school year.

        Testing Mode refers to how the student will be administered the assessment. The two modes are computer-based, and paper-and-pencil. Some computer-based assessments allow students to take the assessment using paper and pencil. Be sure to inquire about the options if your child has a medical issue that would not allow them to take the assessment on the computer.

        Testing Time is the maximum amount of time allotted to students to complete the assessment. Most students finish well in advance of the allotted time.

        Testing Window is the period in which districts administer the statewide student assessment. It is not the actual number of days it takes a student to complete the assessment. School districts can choose the specific days within the window to administer the test. Please inquire with your district about the exact testing dates of the assessment.

        Results Available refers to date districts receive individualized student results from the assessment vendor. These results should be distributed to students, educators and families as soon as possible.

Assessment Name

Subject Area

Grade Level Tested

Information about Available Accommodations and Accessibility Features

Number of Testing Administrations in District

Testing Mode

Testing Time Allotted per Student

Testing Window

Results Available

Information for Parents/Guardians Regarding the Assessment

NJSLA ELA/Math Spring Administration

ELA and Math

ELA: Grades 3-10

Math: Grades 3-Geometry

NJSLA Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual

1

Computer-based with paper-based options for students with disabilities

Unit Testing Times

TBD

TBD

For more information please visit the Office of Assessments webpage

NJSLA Science Administration

Science

Grades 5, 8 and 11

NJSLA Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual

1

Computer-based with paper-based options for students with disabilities

For grades 5 and 8: Four 45-minute units for a total of three hours.
Grade 11: Four 60-minute units for a total of four hours

TBD

TBD

For more information please visit the Office of Assessments webpage

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

ELA, Math, and Science

Grades 3 through 8 and 11

DLM Accessibility Manual

1

Computer-based

 

TBD

TBD

For more information please visit the Office of Assessments webpage

ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs

English language proficiency test

K–12

WIDA Accessibility Accommodations

1

Paper – Grade K (and by request)

Online Grades 1–12 (Writing portion is paper Grades 1–3)

No time limit

TBD

TBD

Parent Handout

Provided in different languages.

DRA

Reading

Grades 1-6

 

2

Paper

10 minutes

Fall: TBD

Spring: June

Upon request

 

PSAT

Reading, Writing, Math

Grade 10 & 11

 

1

Paper

3 Hours

1/26/21

December