Welcome to the TCCS NJSLA Resources Page, the home for information related to the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) at TCCS.

 

What is NJSLA?

From the NJDoE:

State Assessment Name Change

The State of New Jersey has ended its membership of the interstate consortium that produced the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. While the online platform will remain the same, the state’s mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) assessments will no longer be called Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC).

 

The statewide assessments for ELA and mathematics will be called: • New Jersey Student Learning Assessments-ELA (NJSLA-ELA) • New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-Mathematics (NJSLA-M)

 

Reduction in the Length and Time of the Tests 

Starting with the Spring 2019 statewide assessment, the item counts (i.e., test questions) will be reduced, resulting in fewer units for ELA. The number of units for ELA will be reduced from three to two, resulting in a reduction of 75 minutes for grade three and 90 minutes for grades four through high school (ELA 10).

 

For mathematics, the item counts are being reduced, resulting in fewer units, or testing blocks. In grades three to five; the number of units will be reduced from four to three, resulting in a reduction of 60 minutes of testing time. For grades six to eight, the number of units remains at three, but the time allotted for each 80-minute unit will be reduced by 20 minutes per unit for a total reduction of 60 minutes in testing time. Within each unit, the item counts have also been reduced. Similarly, the Algebra I end-of-course test will be reduced from three units to two units of 90 minutes each, for a total reduction of 90 minutes of testing time.

How did TCCS students perform on last year's PARCC assessment?

A review of school's performance was presented at the October 8th Board Meeting.  Please visit http://bit.ly/PARCC10-8-18 to view that presentation.

What do we do with the test results?

We received the results from the 2017-2018 school year in June of 2018.  The score reports are very detailed and give parents and our teachers valuable insight into students' areas of need.  Our teachers have received training on interpreting the results to help to inform instruction at the school, which allows us to target specific skills that students may need to work on.  For more information on score reports (including examples), please visit http://www.understandthescore.org

How can and should students prepare to take the NJSLA?

Most importantly, students should be familiar with the format of the test, which is the same as last year's PARCC test.  This can be accomplished by utilizing free tutorials, sample items, and practice tests that are available online at https://nj.mypearsonsupport.com/practice-tests/.  Many students have already taken the test before and have also been practicing with these tools in school to become familiar with the online test, we encourage parents to do the same with them at home.  Also, as the test is entirely computer-based, it is important for students to be comfortable typing responses for several portions of the assessment - a skill that they often practice in school.

When will the NJSLA take place at TCCS?

We will be conducting our NJSLA testing (for grades 3-8) over several weeks, beginning on April 29.  The scheduled test dates and allotted testing times are as follows:

NJSLA-ELA and Math 2019 Schedule

Grades 3-8

ELA Unit 1

ELA Unit 2

Math Unit 1

Math Unit 2

Math Unit 3

Grade 3

Mon, 4/29

75 min

Tue, 4/30

75 min

Wed, 5/1

60 min

Thu, 5/2

60 min

Fri, 5/3

60 min

Grade 4

Mon, 4/29

90 min

Tue, 4/30

90 min

Wed, 5/1

60 min

Thu, 5/2

60 min

Fri, 5/3

60 min

Grade 5

Mon, 5/6

90 min

Tue, 5/7

90 min

Thu, 5/9 (AM)

60 min

Thu, 5/9 (PM)

60 min

Fri, 5/10

60 min

Grade 6

Mon, 5/6

90 min

Tue, 5/7

90 min

Thu, 5/9 (AM)

60 min

Thu, 5/9 (PM)

60 min

Fri, 5/10

60 min

Grade 7

Mon, 5/13

90 min

Tue, 5/14

90 min

Wed, 5/15

60 min

(Algebra: 90 min)

Thu, 5/16

60 min

(Algebra: 90 min)

Fri, 5/17

60 min

Grade 8

Mon, 5/13

90 min

Tue, 5/14

90 min

Wed, 5/15

60 min

(Algebra: 90 min)

(Geometry: 90 min)

Thu, 5/16

60 min

(Algebra: 90 min)

(Geometry: 90 min)

Fri, 5/17

60 min

*Make-up testing will take place May 20-24.


NJSLA-Science 2019 Schedule

Grades 5 & 8

Science Units 1&2

Science Units 3&4

Grade 5

Tue, 5/21

30 & 30 min

Wed, 5/22

30 & 30 min

Grade 8

Wed, 5/22

45 & 45 min

Thu, 5/23

45 & 45 min

*Make-up testing will take place May 29 - Jun 7.

More Resources:

http://www.bealearninghero.org/

http://www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/

https://www.nj.gov/education/assessment/accommodations/

Additional Questions?

If you have any additional questions after reviewing the provided information, please feel free to contact Mr. Gallo at rgallo@tccsnj.org.