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Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, the school district will participate in the STAR Reading, STAR Mathematics, and STAR Early Literacy Assessments, through Renaissance Learning.
The STAR Assessments are computerized assessments, and are designed to help educators differentiate instruction based on the individual learning needs of students, and track individual student progress towards learning goals. These assessments are dynamic, in that they will adapt to a child’s academic level during the course of the test. In this way, the STAR Assessments are individualized for each student, in order to provide a more specific measure of how each student is progressing in achieving the state and national curriculum standards.
The STAR Assessments will be administered district-wide twice during the school year. The first formal district-wide administration will occur in the Fall. The second formal district-wide administration will take place in the Spring. Teachers may use interim STAR assessment features to monitor student progress throughout the remainder of the school year, as well.
Additional information regarding STAR Assessments can be accessed through the Parent Resource link found below.
The following chart indicates the grade levels which will be assessed, as well as the content areas to be assessed at each level. Specific dates for testing vary by grade level and classroom.
*Students progress from STAR Early Literacy to STAR Reading based on their individual readiness and performance on the assessments. Grade levels listed are approximations.
The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) requires that ALL Grade 3-8 students in the State’s public school system participate in state-mandated assessments. Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) will be used to assess students in the content areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) will continue to be used to assess students in Science, for Grades 4 and 8, in the 2014-2015 school year.
NJASK Science, Grades 4 & 8 Only
Students in Grades 4 & 8 will take the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) for Science. The dates for the NJASK Science are determined by the New Jersey Department of Education.
PARCC, Grades 3-8
Students in Grades 3-8 will participate in computer-based English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics PARCC Assessments. The District’s PARCC testing schedule has been carefully developed to adhere to the scheduling parameters defined by the NJDOE and PARCC, yet maximize the time still available for instruction on the PARCC testing days. This was accomplished by keeping the amount of time devoted to the assessment on each given day at the minimum.
The PARCC is given in two sessions. The first session is the Performance Based Assessment (PBA), which is scheduled to begin on March 2nd. The second session, called the End of Year Assessment (EOY), is scheduled to begin on April 27th. The detailed schedules for each grade level can be viewed through the following link: 2015 PARCC Testing Dates.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is administered to students across the nation to evaluate the academic progress of children across the country. Information from the NAEP is utilized in the development of the Nation’s Report Card, which can be accessed at http://www.nationsreportcard.gov. Districts and schools are selected randomly by the United States Department of Education (USDE), to participate in the NAEP assessment.
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