Testing, Data Assessment and Accountability

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    Update on NJSLA Changes

    • New Jersey’s standardized test has been re-named the NJSLA (NJ Student Learning Assessment) – ELA/Math/Science
      • ELA & Math will be administered to students in grades 3-10
      • Science will be administered to students in grades 5, 8, 11
    • There has been a reduction in testing times – both in the number of testing units as well as in number of problems, resulting in shorter unit time.
      • Livingston will have reduced duration of testing units.
      • Livingston will also benefit from the reduction in number of units for Math. However we have been selected to administer the field test in ELA so there are still three units of testing for ELA this year.
    • High School Graduation requirements for the Classes of 2019 and 2020 have been clarified (see attachment for details).
      • Students graduating as members of the Classes of 2019 and 2020 can meet graduation assessment requirements through any of these three pathways:
        (1) Achieve passing scores on high school level NJSLA/PARCC assessments;
        (2) Achieve scores defined in the table below on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER; or
        (3) Submit, through the district, a student portfolio appeal to the NJDOE.

    Livingston Public Schools believes that assessment is an integral component of good teaching and essential to understanding student learning. From the embedded formative assessments that every teacher uses daily to the structure of standardized assessments, it is our philosophy that gathering and analyzing these data help us to continually improve our work of teaching and learning.
     
    In accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:L7C-6.6, please be advised that the calendar below informs you of the State assessments or commercially-developed standardized assessment that will be administered to LPS students in the 2019-2020 school year. 
    2019-2020 Test Administration Calendar (TBD)
    In addition, the following calendar provides a graphical representation of the PARCC administration. 
    Spring 2020 NJSLA Schedule (TBD)


    Mrs. Natalie Topylko
    Director of Curriculum & Instruction-STEM/Testing, Data Assessment and Accountability
    ntopylko@livingston.org