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Start Strong Fall 2021 Administration

The COVID-19 Pandemic has disrupted learning since March 2020, when all students began to learn remotely. Understanding the areas of need and opportunity to deliver instruction and supports for learning acceleration remains paramount at the New Jersey Department of Education. Pursuant to Commissioner’s regulatory authority, local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to administer the Start Strong assessment as part of the overall Statewide assessment system. To that end, the Start Strong assessment is a valuable tool for teachers, parents, and schools as the results are provided in real time. The identification of the most appropriate level of supports students need in English language arts, mathematics, and science based on priority New Jersey Student Learning Standards from the prior academic year is not only informative, but essential. Moreover, results will assist in providing longitudinal data to teachers, parents, and schools. We must make every effort to continue providing students with the supports they need. The administration of Start Strong is another tool in our toolkit.  

Additional information regarding the fall 2022 Start Strong administration can be found in the broadcast released on July 13, 2022. 

Update on Graduation Assessment Requirements for the Class of 2023

On Tuesday, July 5, 2022, Governor Murphy signed P.L.2022, c.60 (ACS for A-3196/S-2349), which requires the State Board of Education to administer the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJGPA) as a field test for the class of 2023. This law also prohibits the results of the NJGPA field test (First Pathway), a substitute competency test (Second Pathway), or portfolio appeal (Third Pathway) from being used as a prerequisite for graduation for students expected to graduate in the class of 2023. There is no graduation assessment requirement for any student who is expected to graduate with the class of 2023.The graduation assessment requirements for the classes of 2024 and 2025 remain in place and are available for districts on the Graduation Assessment Requirements webpage. 

Additional information regarding the NJGPA field test legislation can be found in the broadcast released on July 15, 2022. 

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. 

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