While the NJDOE expects that most districts will administer the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) on-site and in-person given the prevalence of hybrid instructional models, the NJDOE will maintain the option to administer the NJSLA remotely, as previously announced in the January 27, 2021 broadcast memo, for students who receive all-remote instruction. Remote testing is the administration of the NJSLA to students who are not receiving in-person instruction from a teacher in a school building during the assessment window and who do not require certain in-person accommodations and modifications. Students who are remote testing may be at home or in another setting where they are receiving remote learning instruction. These students will be remotely monitored by the test administrator and other authorized personnel designated by the school or district.
How is remote testing possible?
New Jersey students will use the same online testing platform (TestNav) that has been used for in-person NJSLA testing in the past. Students will access the NJSLA remotely through a browser or an app that can be downloaded by a student, guardian, or remotely installed by a school district on managed devices. Test administrators will administer the NJSLA synchronously to students during school hours. This will involve meeting with students in real-time over web conference or online learning platforms. Once authorized, students can log on to their assessment at the scheduled time and complete their tests from a remote location. New and enhanced test management dashboards allow teachers/proctors to monitor student test progress and completion in real time.
Regardless of how the student accesses the NJSLA, there will be no functional changes for students using TestNav remotely compared to students using TestNav onsite in a school. In both instances, students navigate through online test forms using the same tools and accessibility options as in TestNav.
Who will communicate with students and families about the process?
District administrators and teachers will review pre-test information, scheduling, contact information, and test submission processes with students, parents and caregivers who will be present while the student is taking the assessment. Parents and caregivers will be informed how the students can best contact their teachers for support before and during the testing. They will also receive instruction on the types of support and questions that are appropriate (e.g., questions about logging onto the tests). To protect student privacy, districts will determine how any necessary sensitive student information will be shared with parents and caregivers in a secure manner.
What is the role of the school administrators and educators and the role of the adults supervising students as they take the assessment?
Educators, parents, and caregivers will need to collaborate to ensure students are provided the space and tools necessary to complete the NJSLA successfully, comfortably, and securely. Students’ teachers and school administrators will provide information in advance about room and technology set-up, scheduling, materials needed for all students and for students receiving certain accommodations.