New Jersey Department of Education

NJSLA-ELA Companion Guide: Grades 3–8

The New Jersey Student Learning Assessments for English Language Arts (NJSLA-ELA) measure student proficiency with grade-level skills, knowledge, and concepts that are critical to college and career readiness. On each assessment, students read and analyze passages from authentic fiction and nonfiction texts. Test forms can also include multimedia stimuli such as video or audio. The ELA assessments emphasize the importance of close reading, synthesizing ideas within and across texts, determining the meaning of words and phrases in context, and writing effectively when using and/or analyzing sources.

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