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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 utilizes the STAR Reading, STAR Mathematics, and STAR Early Literacy Assessments, through Renaissance Learning. The STAR Assessments are computerized assessments, 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 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 towards achieving learning expectations. The following chart indicates the grade levels that 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

 

All K-8 students will be scheduled to participate in the appropriate assessment at some point during the Fall, Winter and Spring Screening Windows. 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 10, 2019 - October 8, 2019

All students K-8

Winter

January 10, 2020 - February 8, 2020

All students K-8

Spring

May 18, 2020 - June 15, 2020

All students K-8

 

State Assessments

NJSLA*, DLM^, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

* New Jersey Student Learning Assessment replaced PARCC in Spring 2019.

^ Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) replaced the Alternate Proficiency Assessment (APA) in Spring 2019.

 

State Assessment Schedule for the 2019-2020 School Year

*Dates for NJSLA Science have been updated to reflect change to NJSLA Science testing schedule by NJDOE.

 

Test/Content Area

Grade Levels

Dates

NJSLA English Language Arts

Grades 3-5

May 6, 7

NJSLA Mathematics

Grades 3-5

May 11, 12, 13

NJSLA English Language Arts

Grades 6-8

May 11, 12

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

Grades 6-8

May 13, 14, 15

NJSLA Algebra I/Geometry

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

Middle School Course-based

May 13, 14

Make-ups for Grades 3-8

NJSLA ELA/Math/Algebra I/Geometry

Grades 3-8

Through May 29

NJSLA – Science

Grades 5 & 8

May 19th & 20th

Make-ups NJSLA –Science

Grades 5 & 8

Through May 29th

Dynamic Learning Maps+ –

ELA, Mathematics, Science

(Students participate in DLM as an alternative to NJSLA, according to Individualized Education Plans.)

Grades 3 – 8

April 1 – May 29

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0+

(All students eligible for English as a Second Language instruction participate.)

 

Grades K – 8

 

Feb 18  – March 31

 

+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 defined window.  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

Presently, no Howell Schools have been identified for NAEP participation for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Information will be updated regarding participating schools, as it becomes available.

 

RESOURCES

Parental Notification of Standardized Assessment

 

STAR & Lexile

 

State Assessments – NJSLA, DLM, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

 

National Assessments - NAEP