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Assessment

New Jersey State Assessments

Governor Murphy tasked the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) with transitioning toward a new generation of statewide assessment. Making the transition in phases ensures a smooth implementation in schools across the state and assures compliance with current state and federal mandates. Consequently, the NJDOE is recommending short term changes, now, with plans to further engage stakeholders throughout the 2018-2019 school year on longer term proposals.

To start the process, in May and June, the NJDOE logged more than 5,700 miles visiting New Jersey’s 21 counties, holding 75 collaboratives and meetings in schools and at the DOE with students, parents and educators. Online webinars and a dedicated email address also were provided for interested parties that were unable to attend in-person.

On July 10, 2018, the NJDOE issued an Assessment Outreach Report, which summarizes what was heard and describes short and long-term changes to advance a transition to the next generation assessment.

Immediate changes include:

  • Streamlining graduation requirements by reducing the number of required tests in high school from 6 to 2
  • Ensuring that educators and parents receive test data in a timely manner
  • Providing flexibility for the first-year English learners on the English language proficiency test
  • Reducing the length of the testing for all grades by 25%
  • And reducing the weight of the assessment on teacher evaluations

More information can be found in the links below:

NJDOE Assessment Summary

Press Release

Powerpoint Presentation used during Listening Tour

New Jersey State Assessments History

New Jersey has administered statewide assessments since the 1970s, and over the years the testing program has evolved. It began as a measure of basic skills, and after 1996 it has assessed the state's academic standards. In 2002, after the federal government enacted the No Child Left Behind Act, every state was required to test students in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) in grades 3 through 8 and at least once in high school. That mandate is still in effect under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.