Assessment

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District Assessment Information: STAR Assessments in Early Literacy, Reading and Mathematics

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.

CONTENT AREAS
GRADE LEVELS
STAR Early Literacy
Grades K-2*
STAR Reading
Grades 1*-8
STAR Mathematics
Grades K-8

*Students progress from STAR Early Literacy to STAR Reading based on their individual readiness and performance on the assessments. Grade levels listed are approximations.


State Assessment Dates

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. The calendar for assessment is established by the New Jersey Department of Education.

TESTING WINDOW DATES
ASSESSMENTS
GRADE LEVELS
March 2, 2015 – March 27, 2015
PARCC - Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) for English Language Arts & Mathematics
Grades 3-8
April 27, 2015 – May 22, 2015
PARCC – End of Year Assessment (EOY) for English Language Arts & Mathematics
Grades 3-8
May 27, 2015 May 28, 2015*
NJASK - SCIENCE
Grades 4 & 8

* = make-up date


National Assessment 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.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Grade 8

DATE
SCHOOL/GRADE
ASSESSMENT
January 27, 2015
MS North, Grade 8
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for GRADE 8
February 20, 2015
MS South, Grade 8
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for GRADE 8

Parent Resources


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