New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-ELA (NJSLA-ELA) and New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-Mathematics (NJSLA-M) Programs
The New Jersey Student Learning Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy (NJSLA-ELA) and for Mathematics (NJSLA-M) measures the extent to which students are, or on track to being college or career ready in each of the two respective areas. The test in English Language Arts/Literacy assesses student proficiency in reading and comprehending a range of grade appropriate material independently. It also provides a measure of how effectively a student writes when using and/or analyzing sources. The test in Mathematics measures student competencies in the major and additional/supporting content in mathematics for grade or course, as well as student grade-appropriate mathematical reasoning and modeling skills. Additional information for the assessments in the above areas can be found on the Office of Assessments website.
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-Science (NJSLA-S) Program
The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment for Science (NJSLA-S) replaces the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) for Science and the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT). This new assessment measures student proficiency in science according to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. These standards require schools to teach students to use science and engineering practices, to make sense of phenomena, and to design solutions to problems. The NJSLA-S uses the same familiar testing platform that NJSLA-ELA and NJSLA-M uses.PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is a group of states working together to develop a set of modern assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in their college and their careers. These next-generation, computer-based assessments are aligned to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that were adopted by the state of New Jersey in 2010. These assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy will give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information about whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school.PARCC tests will measure:
Several design changes have been implemented to streamline the assessments:
- What it takes for students to succeed in entry-level, college courses and relevant technical courses, and
- The knowledge, skills, and practices students performing at a given level are able to demonstrate at any grade.
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- The test is shorter by about 90 minutes overall (60 minutes in Mathematics; 30 minutes in English Language Arts/Literacy).
- Fewer test sessions - now only six or seven test sessions for students, compared to eight or nine in the past.
- One testing window instead of two.