Start Strong Assessments
Park Ridge Students took the newly required Start Strong Assessments between October 12th, 2022 and October 19th, 2022, with make-ups concluding recently. The Start Strong test is intended to be a 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. On July 5, 2022, Governor Murphy signed into law a bill requiring that new assessment be used only as a field test for the class of 2023.
Results from the NJGPA of Spring 2022 are available as part of our assessment presentation.
Current graduation requirements include this assessment as the primary pathway to graduation for the class of 2024 (current Juniors).
The window for this assessment is March 13, 2023 through March 17, 2023, with makeup exams the following week.
The NJGPA format mirrors the NJSLA as it is delivered through the exact same online portal from Pearson. The structure of the test is also very similar to the NJSLA exams in ELA and Math.
Students who do not meet graduation requirements through this new test will have the ability to meet graduation requirements through two other pathways, including other assessments or a portfolio appeal. The current graduation requirements may be found here, on the State website.
New Jersey has scheduled the NJSLA in Math, ELA, and Science for the Spring of 2023. 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 May 1, 2023 through May 26, 2023.
Your student's school will share complete details on scheduling, make-ups, and any necessary changes to the school day prior to testing.
Test Score Presentations
Click the link above for the presentation of test scores from the January 23, 2023 Board of Education meeting including results from the 2022 Start Strong Assessment.
Click the link above for the presentation of test scores from the October 17, 2022 Board of Education meeting, including results from the NJSLA in ELA, mathematics, and science and NJGPA in mathematics and ELA. Students took these assessments in the spring of 2022.
Click the link above for some further data from the 2022 NJSLA results, including summary subject matter content.
Click the link for the presentation of test scores from the October 2021 Start Strong assessment. This presentation was presented at the January 24, 2022 Board of Education Meeting.