Start Strong Assessments
Park Ridge Students took the newly required Start Strong Assessments between October 5th, 2021 and October 12th, 2021, with make-ups concluding recently. The Start Strong test is intended to be a diagnostic test of student skills from the previous year's grade standards. For instance, a student currently in Grade 5 would have taken a test on Grade 4 ELA Standards.
Teachers have the preliminary results from the exam and are using that to inform instruction. However, please note that these results are preliminary. The State will distribute Individualized Score Reports (ISRs) for each student who took an exam. These score reports will be mailed home as soon as the District receives them. Please wait for the ISR, as that will include all relevant, validated data about your child's performance on the Start Strong Assessment.
The Start Strong Assessment includes a Parent Portal side for parent information. You may register for the Parent Portal at your convenience.
The ISRs will contain a code required for parents to complete registration through the Parent Portal. Until the ISRs are mailed home, you will not have access to the assessment results of your child.
The State Board of Education adopted graduation requirements for the classes of 2023-2025, on September 8, 2021. These requirements include a new assessment for students in Grade 11.
The window for this assessment is March 14, 2022 through March 18,2022.
As of this time, the state has released the following information about the content of the assessment: "Students in the classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025 will take the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment in grade 11. The assessment will be aligned to New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) for grade 10 ELA and NJSLS for Algebra I and Geometry. The assessment format will be familiar to students and educators, as it will be delivered on the same platform students use for the current New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA)."
Students who do not meet graduation requirements through this new test will have the ability to meet graduation requirements through a menu of options. The full menu of options may be found here.
This page will be updated as more information is available.
You may read a little more about this assessment in an article on NJ.com here.
New Jersey will return to the pre-COVID testing schedule for the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment. Students in grades 3-9 will take assessments in Math and ELA, and students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will take an assessment in Science.
The current testing window for the NJSLA is April 25-June 3, 2022.
More information on this assessment will be included on this page as it is made public.