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.
The Statewide Tests include:
In order for WNY to address the needs of our students, we will be administering the NJDOE’s “Start Strong” assessments to students in Grades 4 and up during the week of October 3rd, 2022. These online assessments will help us identify areas where your child may need support. They will be given in English Language Arts and Math. Grades 6, 9 and 12 will also take the Science version. All tests are 45-60 minutes long and will be completed during the school day as scheduled by the school. Thank you for your support and cooperation.
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 3-10
- 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.
ACCESS for ELLsAdministered to English Language Learners in Grades K-12.
Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)
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.
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