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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 2021 Administration
Event Date
Import/Update users in PAN Starting December 15, 2020
Districts Upload SR/PNP Files in PAN January 27 – February 9, 2021
Infrastructure Trial Begins March 29, 2021
Test Coordinator Manuals Posted on website March 26, 2021
Test Administrator Manuals Posted on website Targeting April 5, 2021
District Test Coordinator/Technology Coordinator Virtual Training (ELA/L, math, and science) March 29 – April 16, 2021
Optional Virtual Q&A Sessions for District Test Coordinators & Technology Coordinators April 12–16, 2021
Paper materials arrive in district No later than April 19, 2021
Additional Order Window begins April 19, 2021
Additional Order Window Closes (Last day to order:)
Paper tests
Secure CBT Material & Manuals (HR scripts/tactile graphics)
Return Labels 

May 3, 2021
June 4, 2021
June 18, 2021
Testing Window Paper-based: 05/03/21 – 05/14/21
Computer-based: 05/03/21 – 6/11/21
Deadline to Return Scorable Materials to Measurement Incorporated No later than May 21, 2021
District clean-up deadline June 18, 2021

Documents and Downloads

NJSLA-Science Manuals


NJSLA Test Coordinator/Technology Coordinator Regional Training


NJSLA-Science Guides


Links