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Statewide Assessments

Update Regarding State Assessment Administration (March 18, 2019)

Here is the latest regarding the spring 2019 administration of the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) for English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics.


Spring 2019 Assessment Administration

• The NJSLA-ELA in grades 3 through 10;
• The NJSLA-Mathematics 3 through 10, including the end-of-course assessments (Algebra I, II and Geometry);
• The NJSLA-Science administration (including grade 11);
• The Dynamic Learning Maps administration (including grade 11 and for all subjects); and
• ACCESS for ELLs (in kindergarten through grade 12).


Please note the following change to the spring assessment schedule:

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), in consultation with the State Board of Education, will not require districts to administer end-of-course statewide assessments in ELA and mathematics to students in grade 11.


Graduation Assessment Requirements: Classes of 2019 and 2020

A recent court order provided a clear path for students in the Classes of 2019 and 2020 to meet New Jersey’s graduation assessment requirements. Students graduating as members of the Classes of 2019 and 2020 can meet graduation assessment requirements in ELA and mathematics through any of the three following pathways:

(1) Achieve passing scores on high school level NJSLA/PARCC assessments; or

(2) Achieve scores defined in the graduation assessment requirements chart (linked above) on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER; or

(3) Submit, through the district, a student portfolio appeal to the NJDOE.


As required by state and federal law, and as set forth in the New Jersey State Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan, the NJDOE will continue to administer state ELA and mathematics assessments to all students in grades 3 through 10 in spring 2019.

As a state agency, the NJDOE is responsible for upholding ESSA, which sets requirements that the state must:

• Ensure 95% of students in all schools across the state are assessed;
• Measure and report school performance; and
• Provide support to the schools that need the most help.


Note: Special Education students, whose Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) specify an alternative way to demonstrate proficiencies, will continue to follow the graduation assessment requirements set forth in their IEPs.


Graduation Assessment Requirements: Classes of 2021 and Beyond

The NJDOE will continue to work with the State Board of Education to address, through the regulatory process, the Appellate Division’s December 31, 2018, decision. The NJDOE will address this issue in a thoughtful yet expeditious manner and is committed to ensuring all students have a clear understanding of their graduation assessment requirements moving forward.

Connections Between State Assessment and Accountability.

Statewide Assessments Testing Schedule 2018-2019



Computer Administration Window

Paper Administration Window

NJSLA Regular Administration (ELA & Math)

3 to 8, and High School

April 8 to May 28, 2019

April 8 to April 29, 2019

Science Assessments Administration

Elementary and Middle

May 6 to June 7, 2019

May 6 to May 17, 2019

Science Assessments Administration

High School

May 6 to June 7, 2019

May 6 to May 17, 2019