State Testing Update September 2021
The New Jersey Department of Education has recently released the state testing schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. This year's state-mandated assessments including the following:
1) Start Strong Assessment:
These are short, diagnostic assessments that will be administered to students in ELA (Grades 9 and 10), Math (students enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra 2), and Science (Grades 9 and 12). The purpose of these diagnostic assessments is to help teachers understand the level of support students will need in these content areas. The assessments are 45-60 minutes in length and will be administered predominantly during classes during the week of September 20th. Parents will receive a copy of the student score report. Please click here
for more information. These assessments cannot be used to fulfill state testing requirements for graduation.
2) NJSLA: The NJSLA will be offered to students in ELA (Grade 9), Math (Grade 9 students enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra 2), and Science (Grade 11) in May 2022. These assessments measure attainment of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in specific content areas. These assessments can be used to fulfill state testing requirements for graduation.
3) NJ State Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJSGPA): The NJSGPA is a new assessment based on the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. The State Board of Education recently adopted this assessment as the state testing requirement for graduation for the Classes of 2023 and beyond; the assessment will be administered for the first time in March of 2022 to current juniors. As per state rules, students in the Classes of 2023-2025 who do not take the NJSGPA will be unable to earn a high school diploma. Students who take the NJSGPA but do not earn a passing score will be able to use alternative assessments to meet the state testing requirements for graduation. Students with disabilities who qualify for the Dynamic Learning Maps assessment (DLM) are exempt from taking the NJSGPA. Additional information will be sent home to families once it is communicated to the district by the NJDOE.
The district's testing calendar for 2021-2022 can be found here
Graduation Requirements Update
New Jersey mandates that students fulfill state testing requirements in order to receive a high school diploma. The testing requirements for the Class of 2022 can be found here
. Testing requirements for the Classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025 have not yet been finalized by the New Jersey Department of Education. Once the district receives finalized graduation requirements from NJDOE, we will send out updated information to parents and students.
The complete list MHRD graduation requirements can be found here
If you have any questions about either the assessments or about accommodations for students with disabilities, please contact your child's school counselor or case manager. Please note that the district is required to administer NJ state assessments to all eligible students. Students who are exempt from taking NJ State Assessments through their IEP will be given the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment in lieu of NJ State Assessments. Students exempt from passing NJ State Assessments through their IEP must still take the assessments.