The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is seeking input from superintendents, teachers, test administrators, parents/caregivers, students and other stakeholders about how to best transition to the next generation of statewide assessments. The first phase of outreach will begin in May.
Stakeholder input will play an integral role in the NJDOE's short- and long-term plans for, and improvements to, the statewide assessment program. The NJDOE is particularly interested in perspectives on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), which are the current statewide assessments for math and English language arts/literacy. Public input is needed to determine what elements of the statewide assessment program work well and what areas need improvement.
For additional information on how to participate, go to the Assessment Outreach webpage.
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.