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Assessment

Jacqueline Moore, Program Supervisor

732-751-2480 x3836

jmoore@howell.k12.nj.us

 

District Assessments - STAR Assessments in Early Literacy, Reading and Mathematics 

To monitor the academic progress of all students, the school district participates 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 personalize instruction based on the individual learning needs of students, as well as help students and teachers track 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 learning expectations. 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.

 

STAR Assessments & Grade Levels*

 

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

Early Literacy

Grades K-2*

Reading

Grades 1*-8

Mathematics

Grades 1-8

 

Following are the District-defined Screening Windows. All K-8 students will be scheduled to participate in the appropriate assessment at some point during the Fall and Spring Screening Windows. Select students will be scheduled to participate in the Winter Screening Window, based on program or teacher, school principal, or program coordinator/administrator discretion. Teachers will continue to use the Progress Monitoring features available through the STAR program outside of the formal Districtwide Screening Windows.  It is critical to understand that the dates listed in the chart below reflect the entire window within which schools may schedule students for STAR. Individual students are not engaged in assessment during every day within the Screening window.

Districtwide STAR Screening Windows

Fall

September 14, 2018 - October 12, 2018

All students K-8

Winter

January 14, 2019 - February 8, 2019

Specific students based on teacher, school principal, program coordinator/ administrator discretion.

Spring

May 14, 2019 - June 10, 2019

All students K-8

 

State Assessments

NJSLA, DLM, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

*The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment has replaced PARCC, as of Spring 2019.

State Assessment Schedule for the 2018-2019 School Year

 

*Updated March 2019, based on final guidance from the NJDOE on the implementation of the  NJ Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) for Spring 2019, which has resulted in reduced testing time.  Changes to dates have been noted in red.

Test/Content Area

Grade Levels

Dates

NJSLA English Language Arts

Grades 3-5

May 6, 7

NJSLA Mathematics

Grades 3-5

May 8, 9, 10

NJSLA English Language Arts

Grades 6-8

May 13, 14

NJSLA Mathematics - Grade Level Courses (Students not enrolled in Algebra I or Geometry courses.)

Grades 6-8

May 15, 16, 17

NJSLA Algebra I/Geometry
(Students enrolled in Algebra I & Geometry courses ONLY.)

 

Middle School Course-based

May 15, 16

Make-ups for Grades 3-8

NJSLA ELA/Math/Algebra I/Geometry

Grades 3-8

Through May 28th

NJSLA – Science

Grades 5 & 8

May 29th & May 30th

Make-ups NJSLA –Science

Grades 5 & 8

Through June 7th

Dynamic Learning Maps –

ELA, Mathematics, Science

(Students participate in DLM as an alternative to NJSLA, according to their IEP.)

Grades 3 – 8

April 3rd – May 24th+

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

(Students participate based on eligibility for English as a Second Language.)

 

Grades K – 8

 

February 25th  – April 12th+

 

+The dates indicate the full window available in which students may be tested.  Students participating in the DLM and ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 are not engaged in testing on each day within the window.  For specific testing date information, please contact your child’s school, ESL teacher, teacher, or Case Manager.

New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA)

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. The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) is used to assess students in the content areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics for Grades 3-8, and Science for Grades 5 and 8. These state assessments are computer-based, and are aligned with the standards for student learning in New Jersey, known as the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.  The District’s NJSLA testing schedule has been carefully developed to adhere to the scheduling parameters defined by the NJDOE, yet maximize the time still available for instruction on the testing days. This was accomplished by keeping the amount of time devoted to the assessment on each given day at the minimum.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is used to monitor the progress of English as a Second Language students in their acquisition of the English Language.  This assessment is comprised of four units, each assessing one of the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  The assessment integrates the content areas of English Language Arts, mathematics, science and social studies.  Students will not be testing each day within the window defined below.  The District’s ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 testing schedule has been carefully developed to adhere to the scheduling parameters defined by the NJDOE.  The test format is dependent on the grade level of the child participating in the test, as indicated in the chart below.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

Kindergarten

Paper-based

Grades 1-3

Online & Paper-based

Grades 4-8

Online

 

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

The DLM is an alternate assessment, designed for students with the most significant disabilities.  This computer-based assessment is available in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.  The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) are the result of collaboration between the University of Kansas, New Jersey, and other states.  Parent of students participating in the DLM can obtain additional information through their child’s Case Manager, teacher, or the links below. 

National Assessments - National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

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. Schools are selected randomly by the United States Department of Education (USDE) to participate in the NAEP assessment. 

NAEP Assessment

Dates

Newbury Elementary School

Grade 4*

Mathematics and Reading

February 14, 2019*

*The school will provide information to parents of participating students as the date approaches.

 

RESOURCES

Parental Notification of Standardized Assessment

 

STAR & Lexile

 

State Assessments - PARCC, NJSLA-Science, DLM, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

*More information will be provided regarding the NJSLA, as it becomes available.

 

National Assessments - NAEP