The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) is a set of assessments to measure student achievement and preparedness for college and careers.
Students: Will know if they are on track to graduate ready for college/careers.
Teachers: Will have access to timely data to guide learning and instruction.
Parents: Will have clear and timely information about student progress.
States: Will have valid results that are comparable across state borders.
Starting with 2018-2019 school year, the State of New Jersey has 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 assessments will no longer be called Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC).
The statewide assessments for ELA, Mathematics and Science will be called:
• New Jersey Student Learning Assessments-ELA (NJSLA-ELA)
• New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-Mathematics (NJSLA-M)
• New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-Science (NJSLA-S)
These new tests moved away from fill-in-the bubble tests and asked questions that require students to explain their answers. The results from NJSLA, along with your child’s overall educational learning experience, including performance in the classroom, provide an overall picture of his or her academic success and progress towards graduating high school ready to succeed at college level work. These tests measure more complex, real-world skills such as critical-thinking, writing, and problem solving.
Each subject is broken down into categories of skills and content to identify where a student is doing well and where he or she needs some additional help. We encourage you to talk to your child’s teacher for additional information on how your child is performing in class as well as discuss how he or she can be further supported in school.
The NJSLA assessments serve as an "educational GPS system," assessing students' current performance, and pointing the way to what students need to learn to be ready for the next grade level and, by high school graduation, for college and/or a career. The NJSLA assessments are designed to give schools and teachers more information to improve instruction. Moreover, NJSLA is designed to let parents know how their child is progressing academically. This more detailed information can lead to strong engagement between parents and teachers.
Be a Learning Hero helps parents navigate the changes happening in classrooms across the country so they can help their children be successful in school. They provide resources and information for parents from some of the nation’s most well-respected education and parent organizations including the National PTA, Common Sense Media and GreatSchools
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