New Jersey State Assessments
New Jersey has had statewide assessments since the 1970s. Over the years, the testing program has evolved—starting with measuring basic skills and since 1996, assessing the state's Core Curriculum Content Standards. In 2001, under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, every state was required to test students in grades 3 to 8 and grade 11. That mandate is still in effect.
In 2010, New Jersey adopted the Common Core Standards which changed the expectations in language arts and mathematics to emphasize higher-order thinking skills and not just have students memorize information. Those standards are currently undergoing a five-year review to ensure that they reflect high expectations for New Jersey students that prepare them for college and careers.
In the 2014-15 school year, New Jersey transitioned from its former NJASK and HSPA assessments to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments in mathematics and English language arts. The PARCC assessments more accurately measure the skills developed under the core academic standards and provide parents and educators with meaningful detailed information that can improve learning.
Starting in November 2015, districts began to access their 2015 PARCC data online and received their student reports that they will then distribute to parents. There are many resources on this assessment site to assist with interpreting the score reports and give parents a common language to use in discussions with teachers about their child's progress.
Information about the other New Jersey assessments that are administered each year can be found under the tab on the left menu. Following issuance and analysis of the score reports, the 2016 administration of PARCC and the other state tests will begin in April.