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Assessment

What is Assessment?  

  • Assessment refers to the methods or tools that educators use to evaluate academic readiness, learning progress, skill acquisition, and/or educational needs of students. Assessment, teaching, and learning are inextricably linked, as each informs the others.
 

State/Commercially-Developed Standardized Assessments & Local/Classroom Assessments

  •  The Southampton Township School District believes in the use of data-driven instruction.  We actively gather data from assessments to strengthen our understanding of student learning.  This data drives how teachers differentiate in the classroom, use intervention/enrichment time, and plan for instruction. 
  •  Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-6.6, beginning in the fall of 2016, school districts must by October 1st of each year provide parents and guardians certain information on any state assessment or commercially-developed standardized assessment that will be administered in that school year. Below is a list and description of our assessments.  (Please see schedule by click on the arrow below.)
  • The New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) are standardized assessments required by the state of New Jersey and administered to students in grades 3-8.  These assessments allow the New Jersey Department of Education to monitor and publicly report students' progress toward meeting grade level standards in specified subjects, and they allow school districts to determine areas of strength and needed improvement in regards to the student body.  Please click on the arrow below for more information regarding NJSLA administration.
  • An alternate assessment is given to students with the most significant intellectual disabilities in ELA, Math, and Science. This alternate assessment, Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM), is given in place of the NJSLA to identified students.  Please click on the arrow below for the district administration schedule for DLM.

Assessment Name & Skill(s) Assessed

Administration Window(s)

Grades Covered

When Results Are Available

Links to More Information

Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment – Reading Fluency & Comprehension

September, January, May

November, January, June

Grades 1-5 

Grade K

 

immediately after each assessment window closes; shared via conferences & report cards

F&P Website

Renaissance STAR360 – Reading and Math

September, January, & May/June

Grades K-8

7-10 days after each assessment window closes; shared upon request

STAR360 Customizable Demo

BRIGANCE Screen 3 –  Kindergarten Readiness Skills

Spring before student’s Kindergarten year

Grades PreK & K

7-10 days after assessment window closes; given to parent w/teacher notification letter.

 

Kindergarten Language Screening Test (KLST-2) – Speech & Language Skills

Spring before student’s Kindergarten year

Grades PreK & K

7-10 days after assessment window closes; no written report; shared w/parent at time of assessment. 

 

NJSLA-Science

(state-mandated)

May 

Grades 5 & 8

September following the spring test administration

 

NJSLA –ELA and  NJSLA-M

(state-mandated)

May 

Grades 3-8

September following the spring test administration

NJSLA Parent Infomation

NJSLA Tutorials

NJSLA Practice Tests

DLM – Reading,  Math, & Science

(state-mandated)

April/May

Grades 3-8; IEP-driven alternative proficiency assessment to the PARCC

September following the spring test administration

NJDOE Website for DLM

W-APT (WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test) – English Language Proficiency

(state-mandated)

Flexible - when a new student enters the district who may be designated ELL.

 

Incoming students who might be designated as English Language Learners

Immediately after scoring the assessment; shared upon request

WIDA-APT Website

WIDA Access for ELLs 2.0

(state-mandated)

April/May

ELL Students

September following the spring test administration

Access for ELLS Website

Child Study Team (CST) Testing

(federal and state-mandated)

On-going

All Grades

As per code

 

Graded Classroom Assessments – Tests, quizzes, presentations, portfolios, rubrics

On-going

All Grades

Sent home & shared at parent/teacher conferences, meetings, etc.

 

Non-Graded Classroom Assessments – Informal observation, discussion, checklists, etc.

On-Going

All Grades

Used by teacher to inform instruction; shared upon request and/or at conferences, meetings, etc.

 

New Jersey Student Learning Assessments
FAQ
2019-2020
 

What is the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment?

 

The State of New Jersey has ended its membership in the interstate consortium that produced the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. While the online platform will remain the same, the state’s mathematics and English Learning Assessments will no longer be called PARCC.


The Statewide assessments for ELA and mathematics will be called:

  • New Jersey Student Learning Assessment - ELA (NJSLA-ELA)
  • New Jersey State Learning Assessment - Mathematics (NJSLA-M)

What is New Jersey Student Learning Assessment – Science (NJSLA-S)?

 

Last year,  students in grades 5, 8, and 11 took the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment -Science.  The NJSLA-S replaced the NJASK Science assessment and moved from 4th grade to 5th. Similar to the NJSLA -ELA and Math, the NJSLA-S is a computer-based assessment. The spring 2018 administration of the NJSLA was a field test, and the spring 2019 administration will be a baseline year.


May my child opt-out of state testing?

 

Per state guidelines, there is no provision to opt-out of the NJSLA. The New Jersey Department of Education has provided schools with the following guidance:


(a) The Commissioner, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-1 et seq., and 18A:7E-2 and 3, may implement assessment of student achievement in the State’s public schools in any grade(s) and by such assessments as he or she deems appropriate. The Commissioner shall report to the State Board the results of such assessments.

 

…  all students at grade levels three through 12, and at any other grade(s) designated by the Commissioner pursuant to (a) above, shall take all appropriate Statewide assessments as scheduled. N.J.A.C. 6A:8, STANDARDS AND ASSESSMENT

 

What is the time frame for testing?

 

Starting with the Spring 2019 statewide assessment, the item counts (i.e. test questions) will be reduced, resulting in fewer units for ELA and mathematics.

 

18-19 Total Testing Time, NJSLA
 
17-18  Total Testing Time at Each Grade Level, PARCC

All Grades 360 minutes Grade 3 465 minutes
Grades 4-8 510 minutes
Grades 9-11 540 minutes

 

 

English Language Arts (NJSLA-ELA)

 

Unit 1

Unit 2

Total test time

Grade 3

75 mins

75 mins

2 hrs 30 mins

Grades 4-5

90 mins

90 mins

3 hours

Grades 6-11

90 mins

90 mins

3 hours

 

Mathematics (NJSLA-M)

 

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Total Test Time

Grades 3-5

60 mins

60 mins

60 mins

3 hours

Grades 6-8

60 mins

60 mins

60 mins

3 hours

 

Science (NJSLA-S)

 

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Total Test Time

Grade 5

45  mins

45  mins

45  mins

45  mins

3 hours

 

When will the NJSLA  be administered?

 

The NJSLA-ELA and Math testing window runs from April 20 to May 29, 2020. The NJSLA-S window is May 4 to June 5, 2020. Our testing dates are as follows:

 

  • NJSLA-ELA and Math will begin the week of May 4, 2020 and last through May 8th.  Makeups will begin on May 11th.
  • NJSLA-S will begin the week of May 28, 2020. Makeups will begin June 1st. 

 

Will students have opportunities to practice the tests?

Classroom teachers have introduced sample items and practice tests in class. Students will also be given an opportunity to complete practice assessments in class. Finally, the district will participate in a test simulation in order to prepare students for the upcoming assessment.

 

What types of accommodations will be allowed for students with disabilities and English Language Learners for the state assessments?

 

The NJSLA Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual  is a comprehensive policy document which provides guidance and support to ensure that students with disabilities and Dual Language Learners are provided appropriate access to the NJSLA assessment.

Dynamic Learning Maps 
FAQ
2019-2020
 
What is DLM?
 
DLM stands for Dynamic Learning Maps. DLM assessments are administered to students with many types of significant cognitive disabilities in the areas of Math, ELA, and Science. These assessments replace the NJSLA and are delivered as "testlets" - short, instructionally relevant groups of items that share a common theme.
 
What information does the DLM provide?
 
By analyzing the data from the DLM, districts can better uncover reasons a student may be struggling with a particular concept and also see the direction for that student to continue to expand their knowledge and skills. The Essential Elements (EEs) provided provide specific statement about what students should know and be able to do. "They are linked to grade-level specific expectations described in college - and career-readiness standards for students in the general population, and they provide a bridge between those standards and academic expectations for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities".
 
How is the DLM administered?
 
All students are assessed in the spring (please see district schedule below), with all students in the same grade level being tested on the same EEs. The assessments, given as "testlets", are short and take about 10-15 minutes for a student to complete. It is a completely individualized set of tests designed so students can show what they know and can do.
 
When will the DLM be administered?
 
The state testing window for DLM runs from April 1, 2020 to May 29, 2020. Our testing window is as follows:
  • April 1, 2020 - April 30, 2020