2021-2022 Assessment Schedule
Updated Assessment Letter for Parents - This letter provides assessment information and the district assessment schedule. Please note it was revised on October 8, 2021 to reflect the NAEP, and it was revised again on November 8, 2021 to reflect the NJSLA testing dates for grades 3-8.
Start Strong Fall 2021
On April 14, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) notified districts that the administration of the Start Strong assessment in the fall 2021 will satisfy the federal statewide assessment requirement to administer general assessments in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science for the 2020-2021 school year. In the fall of 2021, MERS students in grades 4-8 will participate in the Start Strong assessment.
The Start Strong assessments:
- Are based on a subset of prioritized prior-year academic standards;
- Are available in ELA grades 4-10, Mathematics grades 4-8, Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II, and in Science grades 6, 9, and 12;
- Can be administered in approximately 45-60 minutes;
- Will provide immediate results to educators through the assessment platform; and
- Will include the same accessibility features and accommodations as the NJSLA, including forms in Spanish and Text to Speech (TTS).
The Start Strong assessments utilize three performance levels (“Strong Support May Be Needed”; “Some Support May Be Needed”; and “Less Support May Be Needed”) to aid educators and families in making decisions about the types of supports that students may need. The reports will be available to educators immediately after students complete the assessment. The assessments are not meant to replace any preferred assessment strategies being used locally but can be used to complement existing efforts to gather standards-based data (local benchmarks, writing samples, assignments, homework, etc.) at the beginning of the school year. In late fall, districts will also receive paper copies of student ISRs that will need to be distributed to parents.
The testing window for Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District students is as follows:
Schools will administer the Start Strong assessments to students in grades 4-8 during the week of October 4, 2021. Makeups will occur October 12, 2021-October 22, 2021. Students in grades 4-8 will take assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics, while grade 6 students will also take a science assessment.
The Digital Item Library provides access to released items from the NJSLA ELA and mathematics assessments. Tools available in the library can help search for specific items, or sort items by Evidence Statements or standards. The items are displayed online and allow for users to view and interact with the items in the exact same manner as student test-takers. Additional released items will continue to be added as they become available.