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2021-2022 District/State Assessment Program Calendar
College Board ACT/AP/PSAT/SAT
- Start Strong Administration Window: September 13, 2021 through October 22, 2021
- Start Strong assessments will be administered in-person from September 13, 2021 through October 22, 2021. All students, including students with disabilities who are not eligible for the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessments, and English Language Learners, will be expected to participate in the Start Strong assessments. Districts are encouraged to set October 1, 2021 as a goal for administering the Start Strong assessments.
The Start Strong assessments are intentionally brief, designed to maximize instructional time and quickly provide critical data to teachers and school leaders. These assessments provide schools and districts the flexibility to address students’ unique needs at the beginning of the school year.
The Start Strong assessments:
- Are based on a subset of prioritized prior-year academic standards;
- Are available in ELA grades 4-10, Mathematics grades 4-8, Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II, and in Science grades 6, 9, and 12; • Can be administered in approximately 45-60 minutes;
- Will provide immediate results to educators through the assessment platform; and
- Will include the same accessibility features and accommodations as the NJSLA, including forms in Spanish and Text to Speech (TTS).
- The Start Strong assessments utilize three performance levels (“Strong Support May Be Needed”; “Some Support May Be Needed”; and “Less Support May Be Needed”) to aid educators and families in making decisions about the types of support that students may need.
- The reports will be available to educators immediately after students complete the assessment. The assessments are not meant to replace any preferred assessment strategies being used locally but can be used to complement existing efforts to gather standards-based data (local benchmarks, writing samples, assignments, homework, etc.) at the beginning of the school year.
New Jersey Graduation Requirements (updated January 2021)
New Jersey Student Learning Standards
Below you will find educational links for parents and teachers.
The first website is Achieve the Core. This website is designed to offer free, ready to use classroom resources that support standards aligned instruction for all students.
The second website is presented by the Dept. of Education for ELA and Math and focuses on prerequisite concepts and skills. Included here are the recommended prerequisite concepts and skills necessary for students to learn grade level content which is based on the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in ELA and Math. This tool is intended to support educators in the identification of any conceptual or skill gaps that might exist in a student’s understanding of the standards while also guiding educators to focus on specific prerequisite concepts. The organization of this document mirrors that of the instructional units and reflects a grouping of standards and student learning objectives.
Lastly, Achieve the Core contains family guides for parents. The guides are a brief overview for parents and ways to support their child.
Student Achievement Partners' Family Guides