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The Start Strong assessments for English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science provide educators and parents with a beginning of year indication of some conceptual or skill gaps that might exist in a student’s understanding of the prior-year New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) and the level of support students may need to inform instruction. The Start Strong Assessments are available for students in grades 4 through 8 and high school. New Jersey Start Strong resource materials are available here: Start Strong Testing Resources.

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

The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment for Science (NJSLA-S) measures student proficiency with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science. The science standards require assessment tasks that examine students’ performance of scientific and engineering practices in the context of crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas. The three-dimensional nature of the standards requires more complex assessment items and tasks. The NJSLA are only one component of a system of assessments that provide evidence about student learning. The data collected from the NJSLA-S, students’ interactions with teachers on a daily basis, and their subsequent performance on teacher and district developed assessments combine to provide a clear and well-rounded picture of students’ achievement.

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Important Dates

  • For NJSLA-S Spring 2022 Administration
Event Date
Import/Update users in PAN TBA
Districts Upload SR/PNP Files in PAN TBA
Infrastructure Trial Begins TBA
Test Coordinator Manuals Posted on website TBA
Test Administrator Manuals Posted on website TBA
District Test Coordinator/Technology Coordinator Virtual Training (ELA/L, math, and science) TBA
Optional Virtual Q&A Sessions for District Test Coordinators & Technology Coordinators TBA
Paper materials arrive in district TBA
Additional Order Window begins TBA
Additional Order Window Closes (Last day to order:)
Paper tests
Secure CBT Material & Manuals (HR scripts/tactile graphics)
Return Labels 

TBA
TBA
TBA
Testing Window Paper-based: 4/25/22 – 5/6/22
Computer-based: 4/25/22 – 6/3/22
Deadline to Return Scorable Materials to Measurement Incorporated TBA
District clean-up deadline TBA

Documents and Downloads

NJSLA-Science Manuals


NJSLA Test Coordinator/Technology Coordinator Regional Training


NJSLA-Science Guides


Links