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Has student standardized testing been cancelled?
The springtime administration of the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA), ACCESS for ELLs, and the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment have been cancelled.
On March 24, 2020, Governor Murphy announced that the State of New Jersey cancelled all statewide student assessments for the spring 2020 testing window. On April 7, 2020, Governor Murphy waived the student assessment requirement for graduation for this year, including the portfolio appeal process. Current high school seniors who have not yet satisfied the student assessment requirement will no longer have to submit a portfolio appeal in order to graduate.
In addition, the use of student testing data for educator evaluations has been waived.
The U.S. Department of Education has provided relief to states from federally mandated testing, accountability, and reporting requirements for this school year.
The New Jersey Department of Education will make the NJSLA available in the summer or fall for current high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors (and middle school students taking high-school level courses) who may want to use the NJSLA high school assessments to meet their graduation assessment requirements.
Current juniors and sophomores also have access to the menu of alternate assessments (the SAT, etc.) and the portfolio appeal process as pathways to complete their graduation assessment requirement. These students are not required to take the NJSLA to access the menu of alternate assessments or the portfolio appeal process.
Refer to the Department of Education COVID-19 webpage for more information on these and other issues as it becomes available.