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Testing & Assessment

The West New York School District is dedicated to maximizing all students' potential for success. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act (ESEA-NCLB) is focused on the academic success of all students. In order to assess student achievement and progress toward attaining our goal, a series of tests will be administered.

What test/tests do students take?

All students will be tested both formally and informally. Classroom teachers informally assess their students' progress on a daily basis and administer teacher-made tests to evaluate their achievement. Cycle Assessments are administered throughout the year to evaluate formative growth and Pre/Post Tests are administered to evaluate summative growth in the Fall and in the Spring. In addition, a series of State mandated assessment tests determine student mastery of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

What state or district test will be administered to Kindergarten to Grade 2 students?

Students in the Kindergarten are assessed on an ongoing basis using the New Jersey Kindergarten Entry Assessment (NJKEA). This assessment allows teachers to gather and organize meaningful data to better address the students’ needs. Assessing student achievement in the Grades 1 and 2 includes district and teacher-made tests. To assess achievement in the First and Second Grades, assessments are administered throughout the year to evaluate formative growth and Pre/Post Tests are administered to evaluate summative growth in the Fall and in the Spring.

What state or district test will be administered to
Grades 3-8 students?

Students in these grades will participate in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) by grade level. Grade 8 students enrolled in an Algebra I course participate in that test in lieu of the Grade 8 Math assessment. The PARCC assessment has been adopted by several states and measures student achievement of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Students in Grade 4 and Grade 8 also participate in the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge Science (NJASK). In addition, Cycle Assessments are administered throughout the year to evaluate formative growth and Pre/Post Tests are administered to evaluate summative growth in the Fall and in the Spring.

What state or district test will be administered to Grade 9-12 students?

Students in Grades 9-12 participate in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) by grade level/content area. In addition, students at the High School participate in the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT). Cycle Assessments are administered throughout the year to evaluate formative growth and Pre/Post Tests are administered to evaluate summative growth in the Fall and in the Spring.

Are there other mandated statewide tests?

Yes, students who are English Language Learners (ELLs) must take the ACCESS 2.0 for ELLs test to demonstrate achievement in both their English language acquisition and their grade-appropriate content. All ELL students K-12 participate in this testing.

Why are so many tests administered to students?

West New York is dedicated to the success of all its students. Federal requirements mandate that students are tested from Grades 3-11. Assessments are administered annually in order to determine the focus of instruction and to determine which students are in need of extra assistance. Cycle Assessments are administered throughout the year to evaluate formative growth and Pre/Post Tests are administered to evaluate summative growth in the Fall and in the Spring.

When will these tests be administered?

Testing takes place throughout the school year with dates varying from year to year. The "District Calendar" link below will assist you in determining when a particular test is being administered: http://www.wnyschools.net/district/images/DistrictDocuments/Calendar/2015-2016-DistrictCalendar.pdf

How can I get more information about testing and assessment?

In addition to the student's teachers and the building administrators, Eileen Calderone, the District Test Coordinator, is also available to assist you. She may be contacted by email at ecalderone@wnyschools.net or by phone at (201) 553-4000 ext. 32115. For high school specific testing, Charles Krajewski, Assistant Principal at Memorial High School, can be reached at ckrajewski@wnyschools.net or at extension 67016.