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Testing Grades 4-8 ELA and Math; Grade 6 - Science




Tuesday September 20, 2022 - Grade 4 ELA & MATH


Wednesday September 21, 2022 - Grade 7 & 8 ELA & MATH


Thursday September 22, 2022 - Grade 5 & 6 ELA & MATH


Friday September 23, 2022 - Grade 6 SCIENCE


Make Up Testing September 27-30, 2022



 NCS Start Strong 2021-22 Presentation.pdf 



The Start Strong Assessments are:
  • Available to New Jersey school districts at no cost;
  • Intended to provide an optional resource for in-class feedback and support;
  • Based on prior-year(s) academic standards;
  • Available in English Language Arts (ELA) grades 4-10, Mathematics grades 4-8, Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II, and in Science grades 6, 9, and 12;
  • Administered in approximately 45-60 minutes;
  • Able to provide immediate results; and
  • Available in English, Spanish, and Text to Speech (TTS).


Start Strong will be based on the prior year's NJ State Learning Standards. 

Grade 4 will be assessed on grade 3 ELA & Math Learning Standards, grade 5 based on grade 4, etc...

Grade 6 will also be assessed on Grade 3-5 Science Standards.

Grade 8 math students, regardless if they are taking Algebra, will be adminstered the grade 8 math assessment which is based on grade 7 NJ State Learning Math Standards.


As noted in a NJDOE Memo, "It is important to note that the Start Strong Assessment does not assess all of the learning standards on the summative assessment and therefore does not include all of the same item types, such as constructed-response items. The Start Strong Assessment only includes machine-scored selected-response and technology-enhanced items."


The assessment is 45 - 60 minutes, one test per content 

Testing window is September 13 - October 22, 2021



Fall 2021 Administration Information for Parents.pdf 


Score Presentation

NCS Start Strong 2021-22 Presentation.pdf