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The Latest News on Changes to NJ Statewide Assessments

Source:  NJ Department of Education
     On July 10, Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet and the NJDOE Assessment team released the assessment tour report and proposed regulations which will be presented to the State Board of Education tomorrow.
The proposed changes for State Board review include:
  • Streamlining graduation requirements by reducing the number of required tests in high school from six to two.
  • Ensuring that educators and parents receive test data in a timely manner.
  • Providing flexibility for first-year English learners on the English language proficiency test.
Additional changes not requiring State Board approval include:
  • Reducing the length of testing for all grades by approximately 25 percent.
  • Reducing the weight of the assessment on teacher evaluations.
     The feedback the NJDOE received from residents across the state has been integral in the development of these changes. During May and June, the NJDOE assessment team conducted a statewide conversation around the next generation of assessment to better understand what aspects of statewide assessments are most important to education stakeholders in New Jersey and to establish priorities for change moving forward. Community input has been the cornerstone of this process.  Through SPAN's efforts, the staff and numerous parents from across the state were able to be a part of these conversations.
     In addition to the immediate changes up for adoption by the NJ State Board, longer term changes will be considered during the 2018-19 school year and made by working closely with stakeholders, the State Board and legislators to carefully plan a state assessment that meets New Jersey’s needs and standards. By making the transition in phases, the Department hopes to ensure a smooth implementation in schools across the state and maintain compliance with current state and federal requirements.
     You can review the report on Statewide Assessment Outreach and proposed regulations for more detailed information.