New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Deptford Township Schools is about to embark on another journey into the NJSLA (New Jersey Student Learning Assessment) testing.  This journey will be sustained across New Jersey.  Successful completion of this assessment, meeting academic proficiency with one of the state approved alternate assessments, or meeting the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal is a graduation requirement for high school students.  The following chart documents the criteria required to meet graduation requirements:

NJSLA/PARCC ELA Grade 9  > 750 (Level 4) or NJSLA/PARCC Algebra I  > 750 (Level 4) or
NJSLA/PARCC ELA Grade 10  > 750 (Level 4) or NJSLA/PARCC Geometry > 725 (Level 3) or
NJSLA/PARCC ELA Grade 11 > 725 (Level 3) or NJSLA/PARCC Algebra II > 725 (Level 3) or
SAT Critical Reading > 400 (before 3-1-16); or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section (taken 3/1/16 or later) ≥ 450, SAT Math Section > 440 (after 3-1-16) or
SAT Reading Test > 22 (after 3-1-16) SAT Math Test > 22 (after 3-1-16) or
ACT Reading or ACT PLAN Reading > 16 or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra > 76 or
Accuplacer Write Placer > 6 or Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS)(beginning January 2019) ≥ 255, or
Accuplacer Write Placer ESL > 4 or PSAT 10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math > 40 (before 10-1-15) or
PSAT 10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading > 40 (before 10-1-15) or PSAT 10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math > 22 (after 10-1-15) or
PSAT 10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading > 22 (after 10-1-15) or ACT or ACT PLAN Math ≥ 16,or
ACT Aspire Reading > 422 or ACT Aspire Math > 422 or
ASVAB-AFQT Composite > 31 or
Meet the criteria of NJDOE Portfolio Appeal Meet the criteria of NJDOE Portfolio Appeal
Must meet one of these requirements for graduation Must meet one of these requirements for graduation


New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-ELA (NJSLA-ELA) and New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-Mathematics (NJSLA-M) Programs

The New Jersey Student Learning Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy (NJSLA-ELA) and for Mathematics (NJSLA-M) measures the extent to which students are, or on track to being college or career ready in each of the two respective areas. The test in English Language Arts/Literacy assesses student proficiency in reading and comprehending a range of grade appropriate material independently. It also provides a measure of how effectively a student writes when using and/or analyzing sources. The test in Mathematics measures student competencies in the major and additional/supporting content in mathematics for grade or course, as well as student grade-appropriate mathematical reasoning and modeling skills. Additional information for the assessments in the above areas can be found on the Office of Assessments website.

New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-Science (NJSLA-S) Program

The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment for Science (NJSLA-S) replaces the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) for Science and the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT). This new assessment measures student proficiency in science according to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. These standards require schools to teach students to use science and engineering practices, to make sense of phenomena, and to design solutions to problems. The NJSLA-S uses the same familiar testing platform that NJSLA-ELA and NJSLA-M uses.

If you still choose to have your child refuse to take the assessment, please visit our website at www.deptford.k12.nj.us and click on the NJSLA tab to download the necessary paperwork.  If you met with an administrator last year in order to refuse testing for your child, please just fill out the refusal form again and send it into the building principal.  If you did not have a meeting with an administrator last year and intend to refuse testing you must schedule a meeting with the building administrator.  The administration will be flexible in our meeting schedules to ensure all parents can have a meeting.

I feel confident that all students in the Deptford Township Schools are prepared for this assessment and they should all take the assessment with confidence. This assessment is nothing new to education and we must continue to show improvement within the state guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE:  On February 22, 2019, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) updated the high school graduation assessment requirements in both English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and mathematics for the Classes of 2019 and 2020, pursuant to a consent order from the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.

The Classes of 2019 and 2020:

Students graduating as members of the Classes of 2019 and 2020 can meet graduation assessment requirements through any of these three pathways:
1.  Achieve passing scores on high school level NJSLA/PARCC assessments;
2.  Achieve scores defined in the table above on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER; or
3.  Submit, through the district, a student portfolio appeal to the NJDOE.

Each school year the NJDOE will determine the proficiency level and/or cut scores needed on the assessments to meet the graduation assessment requirements.  The proficiency levels/cut scores for the Classes of 2019 and 2020 are listed above.

Note: Special Education students, whose Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) specify an alternative way to demonstrate proficiencies, will continue to follow the graduation assessment requirements set forth in their IEPs.

The Class of 2021 and Beyond:
The NJDOE will continue to work with the New Jersey State Board of Education to address, through the regulatory process, the Appellate Division’s December 31, 2018 decision. It is the goal of the NJDOE to address this matter in a thoughtful yet expeditious manner.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the building principals, Mr. Kanauss, Chief Academic Officer or myself.

Your Partner in Education,

Arthur E. Dietz


Click here for New Jersey Graduation Requirements.


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