NJDOE Standardized Testing

As of 3/24/2020, the Spring 2020 administration of NJSLA, DLM, and ACCESS for ELLs has been canceled

Please refer to the linked NJDOE State Broadcast* regarding the cancelation of Spring 2020 state testing

*Cancellation of statewide assessments will not prevent students from meeting their graduation assessment requirements. Please continue to refer to previous updates found here regarding NJDOE High School Graduation Requirements (dated June 2019)

North Brunswick Township public schools students will participate in the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) mandated spring testing as follows:

NJDOE Assessment Content Area / Grades Tested Science / Grades Tested
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) ELA & Mathematics for grades 3-10 Science for grades 5, 8, & 11 only
Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) ELA & Mathematics for special populations in grades 3-8, & 11 Science for special populations in grades 5, 8, & 11 only
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 English Language Learners only in all grades K-12

All children in a testing group will begin testing at the same time as per the building’s designated time schedule. Testing times are not flexible and children who arrive late will not be allowed to test in that session. If there is a delayed opening, or if school is closed due to inclement weather, testing for that day will be rescheduled.

We will explain testing expectations to the children to reduce anxiety. We ask that you ensure that your child is rested, eats breakfast, and is relaxed. Eating breakfast helps keep the children from becoming hungry and distracted. If your child wears a device such as glasses, hearing aids, etc., be sure he/she remembers to bring it and wear it during all testing sessions. Also, students are encouraged to bring their own earbuds/headphones for testing. Encourage your child to do his/her best work possible, but try not to be overly anxious about test scores. Too much emphasis on test scores can be upsetting to children.

Lastly, please do not send your child to school if illness is apparent. There will be time set aside for make-up testing for students who miss school due to illness.

Assessment guidelines & graduation requirements for the Classes of 2023 and beyond continue to be reviewed by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), but more importantly, they have stated that this does NOT eliminate the assessments or the requirement to participate in them. Each year, all New Jersey public schools are to schedule NJSLA testing, as outlined by the NJDOE, for all students in grades 3-10 in ELA and mathematics, and for grades 5, 8, & 11 in science. Any changes to the Spring testing schedule, and/or high school graduation requirements, will be made upon official notification from the NJDOE, and all stakeholders will be notified accordingly. All school districts must continue to follow the current guidelines for state testing and high school graduation until notified by the NJDOE.

Please view the June 2019 updated NJDOE High School Graduation Assessment Requirements.

* NJDOE High School Graduation Assessment Requirements - Spanish

Director of Accountability and Special Programs - Amy Rumbo

732-289-3000 ext 53036 arumbo@nbtschools.org


This section will be continually updated as more information becomes available from both the NJDOE &/or the assessment providers.

NJSLA - ELA, Math, & Science (Formerly PARCC)

In the 2014-15 school year, New Jersey transitioned from its former assessments to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in mathematics and English language arts. In 2019, New Jersey replaced PARCC with the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) in ELA, math, and science. The NJSLA assessments more accurately measure the higher-level skills developed under the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and provide parents and educators with meaningful information to improve teaching and learning.


In the 2014-15 school year, an alternate assessment for students with the most significant intellectual disabilities in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science, the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM), was implemented. The state of New Jersey and other states are working with the University of Kansas to implement this assessment system.


In 2016, the WIDA Consortium began administration of the annual summative assessment, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for all English Language Learners in New Jersey public schools in grades K-12.