Start Strong Fall 2021 Administration
On April 6, 2021, the United States Department of Education (USED), recognizing that “we are in the midst of a pandemic that requires real flexibility,” informed the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) that the administration of Start Strong assessments in fall 2021 will satisfy the federal statewide assessment requirement to administer general assessments in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science for the 2020-2021 school year. This flexibility shall apply only to the 2020-2021 school year, and the Start Strong assessments in fall 2021 will be used in lieu of the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) that were scheduled to be administered in spring 2021, as noted in the broadcast released on April 14, 2021.
Additional information regarding the Start Strong assessments can be found in the Start Strong Fall 2021 Administration presentation.
Graduation Assessment Requirements for the Classes of 2023-2025
On September 8, 2021, the State Board of Education adopted graduation assessment requirements for the classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025 as noted in the broadcast released on September 8, 2021. The new regulations comply with State statute (N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-1 et seq.) and require all students to demonstrate proficiency by achieving a passing score on the English language arts (ELA) and mathematics components of the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJGPA). Students who complete the NJGPA but do not receive a passing score will have the opportunity to retake the NJGPA in the following summer or fall, utilize the menu of alternative assessments, or complete a portfolio appeal.
Students in the classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025 will take the NJGPA in grade 11. The assessment will be aligned to New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) for grade 10 ELA, Algebra I and Geometry. The assessment will be delivered on the same platform students use for the current New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA).
More details, including administration guidance, are forthcoming. Please see the graduation assessment requirements section and the 2021-2022 Statewide Assessments Testing Schedule for more information.