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Dear Parents:

As you are aware, the District will be administering state tests. The New Jersey Department of Education has issued mandates to the schools during the testing period. The State prohibits any unauthorized electronic device to be in the room where the testing is taking place, or even in the testing areas around the school.

Electronic devices include, but are not limited to: cell phone, tablet, Smartwatch, laptop, etc. These items will not be allowed in the classrooms and the hallways where testing is occurring. The District is strongly suggesting that parents do not permit their child to bring a cell phone/electronic devices to school during testing days or it will be collected. Students involved with testing, who do bring a cell phone/electronic device must give the device to the building principal prior to entering the testing area. The devices will be taken to a secured location within the school outside of the testing environment as designated by the Building Administration.

Prior to testing each day, High School and Middle School students, testing that day, will be asked to sign a document certifying that they do not have any unauthorized electronic devices in their possession. It is the responsibility of you, as the parents of our Elementary School students, to advise your child that electronic devices are not allowed in school during the test. If unauthorized electronic devices are noted as being in the possession of students taking the test when in the testing area or in an area adjacent to the testing area the student’s test may be voided, you will be notified by the District and your child may be disciplined consistent with District Policy 5600.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your building principal.
Each spring, students may participate in a variety of Statewide Assessments. This testing is completed primarily online using desktops, laptops, and Chromebooks. Accommodations are provided to students, as appropriate. The West New York Testing Information Chart is attached below.

New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) by grade level and/or content area. NJSLA assessments are administered in:

  • English Language Arts (NJSLA-ELA) in Grades 3-9
  • Science (NJSLA-S) in Grades 5, 8, and 11
  • Mathematics (NJSLA-M) in Grades 3-8. Grade 8 students enrolled in an Algebra I course participate in that test in lieu of the Grade 8 Math assessment. Students in the high school participate in math assessments based on course enrollment. These may include Algebra I, Algebra II and/or Geometry.

New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJGPA) Grade 11

The New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJGPA) consists of an ELA and a mathematics component to be administered to students in grade 11 for the purpose of meeting the state graduation assessment requirement. Each assessment is typically administered in computer-based (CBT) format, although paper-based testing (PBT) is available as an accommodation. ELA assessments will focus on writing effectively when analyzing text. Mathematics assessments will focus on applying skills and concepts and understanding multi-step problems that require abstract reasoning and modeling real-world problems, precision, perseverance, and strategic use of tools.



Administered to English Language Learners in Grades K-12. New Jersey, as a member of the WIDA Consortium, uses the ACCESS for ELLs suite of assessments as a tool to measure English Language Learners (ELLs) proficiency in the English language. Students are assessed in four domains: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing.

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

Administered to Grade 3-8 and Grade 11 students in ELA, Math and Science in lieu of the NJSLA due to IEP requirements.

Since the State requires that districts have at least 95 percent of students participating in testing, (districts could potentially lose state or federal funding if they do not meet that rate), the district is obligated to administer the assessments to all eligible students.

Our District is committed to ensuring that our students are prepared to be successful in college and/or in their careers. By participating in these assessments, we will gain additional information regarding your child's strengths and how we can enhance those strengths. In addition, it will provide us with information regarding areas where your child may need more support so that we can adequately address his/her individual needs. We thank you for your support as we continue our efforts to provide high-quality curricula, aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, to facilitate our students’ success.