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NCS 2020 DISTRICT ASSESSMENT GUIDE 

 DUE TO NO STATE TESTING IN THE SPRING OF 2020

THERE IS NO STATE DATA TO REPORT IN THE FALL OF 2020

New Jersey has administered statewide assessments since the 1970s, and over the years, the testing program has evolved. It began as a measure of basic skills, and after 1996, it has assessed the state's academic standards. In 2001, under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, every state was required to test students in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) in grades 3 to 8 and grade 11. That mandate is still in effect under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.

In 2010, New Jersey adopted new, high-quality standards which changed the expectations in ELA and mathematics to emphasize higher-order thinking skills and not just memorizing information. In May 2016, the New Jersey State Board of Education adopted revisions to the mathematics and ELA standards and renamed all areas of the state's academic standards the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

In the 2014-15 school year, New Jersey transitioned from its former assessments to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in mathematics and English language arts. The PARCC assessments more accurately measure the higher-level skills developed under the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and provide parents and educators with meaningful information to improve teaching and learning. 

In the 2018-2019 school year, New Jersey has left the PARCC consortium and adopted the New Jersey State Learning Assessment (NJSLA - ELA/MATH) also created by the Pearson company. The ELA and MATH assessments have been shortened by one unit along with a slightly shorter testing unit time.

Pearson has also created the NJSLA - Science Assessment to be administered to grades 5, 8, and 11.

Students with disabilities who qualify will take the alternative assessment, Dynamic Learning Map (DLM), in place of the NJSLA.

 

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-6.6, beginning in the Fall of 2016 school districts and charter schools must, by October 1 of each year, provide parents or guardians certain information on any State assessment or commercially-developed standardized assessment that will be administered in that school year.

 

WHY ASSESS? Assessment is an integral part of instruction, as it determines whether or not educational goals are being met. Assessment affects decisions about grades, placement, advancement, and curriculum. It provides predictive data for teachers to use to differentiate instruction and pinpoint the instructional needs of each and every student. Assessment inspires us to ask these hard questions: "Are we teaching what we think we are teaching?" "Are students learning what they are supposed to be learning?" "Is there a way to teach the content better, thereby promoting better learning?"

NJSLA (New Jersey Student Learning Assessment) – NJSLA is an online assessment required to be administered to all NJ public school students grades 3-8 each spring created by Pearson. It assesses English Language Arts and Mathematics based on the NJ Student Learning standards. NJSLA will take approximately 1.5-2 hours per day for 5 days.

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) – MAP is a state aligned computerized adaptive assessment that measures achievement in Mathematics and Reading created by the Northwest Evaluation Association. It will be implemented a minimum of twice per year (September and May) district wide. Each implementation period will take approximately two hours. All NCS students K-8 will complete the MAP assessment. The data helps determine students’ instructional level measuring students’ growth and charts progress throughout the year as well as year to year. MAP helps teachers learn about student growth, individual skill mastery and what instructional guidance is needed to help students advance their learning.

-          All students are asked the same number of questions, but the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the students answer questions correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier and then become progressively more challenging. This enables this assessment to precisely identify the full spectrum of a student’s strengths and weaknesses.

-          Students receive a RIT (Rasch UnIT) score. It is a unit of measurement of a student’s instructional level and their progress. The RIT score is a scale which measures students’ academic performance independent of a grade level. A student’s RIT score helps you understand what a student knows, is ready to learn and projected to achieve.

-          MAP provides immediate feedback and information to target individual instruction. We do not have to wait for scores.

More information will be provided with your child’s RIT score so you can understand how to read and interpret the data. www.NWEA.org

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 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.

  • 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.

  • Requirement refers to whether the assessment is required (Req.) by state and/or federal (Fed.) government, or by the district.



As of now we have not received any information or dates from the NJDOE pertaining to state testing for grades 3 through 8.

 

 please use this link to view the guide listed below easier:

 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yt2iE6CeGjVU2UQtsQV5u1K77s5_CnVgcv3e0Szyx-0/edit?usp=sharing 

 

Assessment 

Subject Area

Administration

Date & Time

Grades Applicable

Requirement

Results Available

Information about available Accommodations & Accessibility Features

Assessment Information & Practice

CogAT

Week of October 7

Grade 2

District

Winter 2020

As per IEP/504 teacher will guide students through assessment

https://www3.rps205.com/programs/PublishingImages/Pages/Renaissance-Testing-/CogAT%20Information.pdf

 

 

NJSLA ELA

Computer Administration:

April 21, 22, 24

Duration: 3 units approx 75 min each*

Grade 3 

State& Federal

Fall 2020

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/NJSLASpring2019AFA.pdf

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN537831517&password=LLT5P7KN

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN846280256&password=H46PGKPD

https://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN685703556&password=BJMXGK5B

 

 

NJSLA Math

Computer Administration:

April 27 & 28

Duration: 2 units approx 60 min each*

Grade 3 

State & Federal

Fall 2020

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/NJSLASpring2019AFA.pdf

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN423056877&password=R4VLKQKB

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN867717847&password=GXH5U7RP

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN055567060&password=7XLCLYRB

 

 

NJSLA ELA

Computer Administration:

April 29, 30, May 1

Duration: 2 units approx 90 min each*

Grade 4

State & Federal

Fall 2020

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/NJSLASpring2019AFA.pdf

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN818184777&password=MPWW8JL2

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN143880067&password=6B52ESP7

https://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN780686142&password=BHHQXAY5

 

 

 

 

NJSLA Math

Computer Administration:

May 4 & 5

Duration: 2 units approx 60 min each*

 

Grade 4

State & Federal

Fall 2020

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/NJSLASpring2019AFA.pdf

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN251651586&password=FWGY8DVQ

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN173536870&password=HYQ86A4M

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN246420246&password=5ATME8TE

 

 

NJSLA ELA

Computer Administration:

April 29, 30, May 1

Duration: 3 units approx 90 min each*

 

 

Grade 5 

State & Federal

Fall 2020

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/NJSLASpring2019AFA.pdf

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN728220645&password=2HKDLBJJ

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN334462257&password=KFNKKJPZ

https://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN820688711&password=NKCX8QBV

 

 

NJSLA Math

Computer Administration:

May 4 & 5

Duration: 2 units approx 60 min each*

 

Grade 5 

State & Federal

Fall 2020

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/NJSLASpring2019AFA.pdf

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN824052352&password=5FNU23KD

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN670345577&password=WFVGANT3

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN163517836&password=4PKKPWHB

 

 

NJSLA - Science

Computer Administration:

May 11 & 12

Duration: Approx 180 min* (90 per day)

Each session is 45 min; testing two sessions per day

 

 

Grades 5 

State & Federal

Fall 2020

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/NJSLASpring2019AFA.pdf

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/Practice-Tests/NJSLA-S-2019G5PracticeTestAnswerDoc.pdf

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN161566761&password=5GA5CVQJ

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/2019_PSTGG5Science_FINAL.pdf

NJSLA ELA

Computer Administration:

April 21, 22, 24

Duration: 3 units approx 90 min each*

 

Grade 6

State & Federal

Fall 2020

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/NJSLASpring2019AFA.pdf

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN476868347&password=WCE36NGB

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN155823466&password=LHBKZVUU

https://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN076518732&password=7TZ5FVWV

 

 

NJSLA Math

Computer Administration:

April 27 & 28

Duration: 2 units approx 60 min each*

 

Grade 6

State & Federal

Fall 2020

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/NJSLASpring2019AFA.pdf

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN222100535&password=PFRHEJAY

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN831527154&password=E3WYEFFY

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN121323336&password=UKZ2TZQ8

 

 

NJSLA ELA

Computer Administration:

April 21, 22, 24

Duration: 2 units approx 90 min each*

 

Grade 7

State & Federal

Fall 2020

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/NJSLASpring2019AFA.pdf

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN673858102&password=EEPTU3J3

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN232566256&password=NM27G6VE

https://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN528215673&password=AJ8Q4CXT

 

 

NJSLA Math

Computer Administration:

April 27 & 28

Duration: 2 units approx 60 min each*

 

Grade 7

State & Federal

Fall 2020

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/NJSLASpring2019AFA.pdf

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN308775375&password=N7PPU87K

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN136868455&password=QQT62KUJ

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN448870313&password=LJ2N2T6H

 

 

NJSLA ELA

Computer Administration:

April 29, 30, May 1

Duration: 2 units approx 90 min each*

 

Grade 8

State & Federal

Fall 2020

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/NJSLASpring2019AFA.pdf

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN470474825&password=NZMHDKHM

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN111433381&password=SN4D7TE8

https://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN701518077&password=27ZAGWM5

 

 

NJSLA Math

Computer Administration: 

May 4 & 5

Duration: 2 units approx 60 min each*

 

Grade  8

State & Federal

Fall 2020

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/NJSLASpring2019AFA.pdf

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN714407328&password=Y2A48DMG

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN633470605&password=G5ZXPHCR

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN280810510&password=QPX8QBLS

NJSLA Algebra

Computer Administration:

May 8 & 9

Duration: 2 units approx 90 min each*

 

Grade 8

HS Graduation Requirement Score 750+


State & Federal

Fall 2020

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/NJSLASpring2019AFA.pdf

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN165452655&password=WJUZ3F4R

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN460617361&password=KR6NADF2

NJSLA - Science

Computer Administration:

May 11 & 12

Duration: Approx 180 min* 

(90 min/day)

Each session is 45 min; testing two sessions per day

 

Grade 8

State & Federal

Fall 2020

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/NJSLASpring2019AFA.pdf

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/Practice-Tests/NJSLA-S-2019G8Documentoderespuestasdelexamendepractica.pdf

http://nj.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=LGN007318718&password=KNFR8CB4

https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/resources/manuals/2019_PSTGG8Science_FINAL.pdf

DLM

April 1 - May 29

Exact dates TBD

Special Education Students 

based on IEP

 

State & Federal

Fall 2020

https://dynamiclearningmaps.org/sites/default/files/documents/Manuals_Blueprints/Accessibility_Manual.pdf

http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/

ACCESS 2.0

February 18 - April 10

Exact dates TBD

 

Grades  K - 8

ELL Learners

State & Federal

June - July 2020

As per IEP/504

Parent Handbook

Provided in different languages

MAP 

Reading & Math

Computer Administration:

Fall, Winter & Spring 

Duration:

Approx 60 min for each assessment 

(less for younger grades)

 

Grades K - 8

District

Immediate

As per IEP/504

http://www.nwea.org/

 

For more information please visit the Office of Assessments website

*If a student is permitted extra time or any other accommodations as per their IEP or 504, parent/guardian should contact their guidance office for additional details on accommodations and accessibility options.


Please use links for more information regarding NJSLA Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual and DLM Accessibility Manual