Parent Notice of State Assessments
September 30, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians:
The New Jersey Department of Education mandates that every year by October 1 each school district must provide parents or guardians certain information on state assessments. This information can be found summarized in the table on the following next pages, but I would first like to take a moment to focus on the relevancy of NJSLA testing as well as the state graduation requirements.
- First and foremost, NJSLA is aligned to the state’s current academic standards that are guiding what and how your children are taught in class. In addition to providing an overall score in both subjects, the test also shows how well your child is performing in comparison to peers in his or her grade level, school and district, as well as useful information about your children’s strengths and areas for improvement.
- NJSLA is not meant to provide a complete picture of student achievement, but when combined with other measures, including teacher reports and student grades, it provides important information student progress. Our staff utilizes this information as we plan for each year.
- The NJSLA reports break down each subject tested into different categories of skills and show how well your child performed in each. This helps you and your child’s teacher understand where your child is doing well and where he or she needs more support. You can use this information to guide a discussion with your child’s teacher(s) about additional supports or challenges needed in class and other ways to support your child at home. Our teachers and principals use this information to improve classroom instruction and provide more effective and targeted support and professional development. We can also identify where your child has mastered content so we can provide more challenging work to continue to keep him or her engaged and making progress.
- These tests serve as an ‘academic checkup.’ Although they are only one measure of your child’s progress, the scores on the NJSLA test can be compared from one year to the next. The test is a useful tool to determine your child’s performance and the level of progress and readiness for the next grade.
You will find a summary of the state assessments for the 2020-2021 school year in the below linked documents. Please note that some assessment windows are currently listed as “TBD” as the state has not yet provided this information to school district. I have also included several pages from the Department of Education outlining the currently available graduation requirements and how they relate to these assessments.
Yours in education,
Frank Kasyan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools