The State of New Jersey joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career PARCC in 2010. PARCC’s mission is to develop common assessments that effectively evaluate student performance in mathematics and English/language arts (ELA) in accordance with the Common Core State Standards. The 2018 school year marks the last year in which the state of NJ will participate in the PARCC consortium. For the 2018-19 SY, the State of New Jersey has officially ended its membership of the interstate consortium that produced the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. While the online platform will remain the same, the state’s mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) assessments will no longer be called Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC).
The statewide assessments for ELA and mathematics will be called:
- New Jersey Student Learning Assessments-ELA (NJSLA-ELA)
- New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-Mathematics (NJSLA-M)
Reduction in the Length and Time of the Tests Starting with the Spring 2019 statewide assessment, the item counts (i.e., test questions) will be reduced, resulting in fewer units for ELA. The number of units for ELA will be reduced from three to two, resulting in a reduction of 75 minutes for grade three and 90 minutes for grades four through sixth grade.
For mathematics, the item counts are being reduced, resulting in fewer units, or testing blocks. In grades three to five; the number of units will be reduced from four to three, resulting in a reduction of 60 minutes of testing time. For grade six, the number of units remains at three, but the time allotted for each 80-minute unit will be reduced by 20 minutes per unit for a total reduction of 60 minutes in testing time. Within each unit, the item counts have also been reduced.
To properly understand your child's past testing experience, here are some valuable resources:
For additional Parent Resources, click https://nj.digitalitemlibrary.com/home
For a detailed Score Report Interpretation Guide, click here
NJSLS Refusal Policy:
Please complete and submit the SOUTH HARRISON NJSLS REFUSAL FORM on or before Tuesday, April 17, 2020, in order to refuse your child from participating in Spring 2020 NJSLS testing at South Harrison Township Elementary School District. IMPORTANT: You must complete and submit one NJSLS refusal form for each child you are refusing from participating in Spring 2020 NJSLS testing.