Assessments and Testing

September 2019

The Montclair Public Schools Summary of State and District Testing for 2019-2020 provides a high-level overview of standardized assessments and other assessments given to students in our district. These include tests used for state graduation requirements as determined by the New Jersey State Department of Education (NJDOE).  To ensure our parents/guardians and staff have current information relative to NJDOE’s updated graduation requirements, this document was prepared to communicate the revised graduation requirements for the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA):

  • Class of 2020-2022 will continue to have NJSLA as an option for graduation amongst other assessments listed in the Montclair Public Schools Summary of State and District Testing for 2019-2020.
  • See details on NJ State Graduation Testing Requirements as of July 2019. 

Parents/guardians may continue to submit written notice to the school that their children are “refusing to test.”  However, test results may be used in determining program and course placement.  Refusing to test may result in a student having an incomplete performance profile. Other tests detailed in the attachment are listed below:

  • New Jersey Student Learning Assessment - English Language Arts (ELA) and Math (NJSLA-E, NJSLA-M) ELA grades 3-11 and Mathematics grades 3-8,
  • New Jersey Student Learning Assessment - Science (NJSLA-S) Grade 5, 8 & 11 state science assessment,
  • ACCESS 2.0 for English Language Learners (ELL) - an assessment for K-12 students who have English as a secondary language,
  • Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) for ELA and Math - an alternate assessment for students with significant intellectual disabilities in ELA and Math,
  • The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT) - an assessment given to all 10th and 11th grade students, and
  • District Algebra Placement Test - an assessment for students in grades 5 and 6,
  • District Midterms and Final Exams - K-12 classroom assessment that varies by grade/subject,
  • Renaissance Learning (RL) - a teacher tool to gather data to personalize instruction (grades 1 -8),
  • Developmental Reading Assessment, 2nd edition (DRA-2) - K-5 district reading assessment,
  • SAIL Placement Tests - assessments in English Language Arts (grades 6-8) and mathematics (grades 3-5),
  • Accuplacer - an optional college placement test for seniors,
  • Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery assessment (ASVAB) - an optional assessment for seniors,
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) - an optional college placement test for seniors,
  • American College Test (ACT) - an optional college placement test for seniors,
  • Avant STAMP Testing - an assessment administered to all 8th grade students to measure individual proficiency in the domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in a target language.

Assessment administration dates vary by school and parents/guardians will be notified once scheduled.  Please contact your child’s principal should you have any questions or concerns about your child’s performance on district and/or state assessments.

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