Required New Jersey Student Learning Assessment - Science (NJSLA-S)
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment - Science (NJSLA-S)
New State Science Assessments 2018
The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has released some information about the new state science assessments that will be introduced in the spring of 2018. The new test is called the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment - Science (NJSLA-S). There will be a two year period of transition for students so they can gain familiarity with the new assessment format.
The NJSLA-S will be a computer-based test and will have a full menu of accommodations available similar to other state assessments. Previously the NJASK Science test was administered in grades 4 and 8 while the high school students took an end of course examination in biology.
The NJSLA-S will be administered to students in grades 5, 8 and 11. Grade 11 students, similar to the other grades, will now be taking a comprehensive science assessment covering Life, Physical, and Earth & Space Science. The elementary test consists of four 30- minute test units. The middle school test has four 45-minute units and the high school test has four 60-minute test units. Students may take two units per day, so the testing may be completed in just two days.
Additional information will be shared with parents when the administration dates (May-June time frame) have been determined.