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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.


Important Dates

  • For NJSLA-S Spring 2019 Administration
Event Date
Registration for Mandatory Test Coordinator/Technology Coordinator Regional Training, which includes NJSLA-ELA, Math, and Science. District Test Coordinators and Technology Coordinators: 12/13/18 – 01/15/19

School Test Coordinators, with DTC permission and space permitting: 01/17/19 – 02/01/19
Districts Upload SR/PNP Files in PAN Grades 5, 8, & 11: 12/03/18 – 12/18/18
Infrastructure Trial Begins February 04, 2019
New Practice Tests Available February 15, 2019
District Manuals Posted on website TBA
District Test Coordinator/Technology Coordinator Regional Training North: February 20–21, 2019
Central: February 25–27, 2019
South: February 28, 2019
Initial Materials Arrive in Districts no later than:
Parents, Students, and Teacher Guides
Manuals for all districts
PBT Test Materials

February 2–6, 2019
April 25–29, 2019
April 25–29, 2019
Additional Order Window: Test Materials including Test Booklets & Answer Documents, Accom Kits April 25 – May 8, 2019
Additional Order Window Closes: only Ancillary Materials for returning secure test materials may be ordered after this date May 10, 2019
Proctor Caching Available April 29, 2019
Prepare Sessions Available May 3, 2019
Testing Window Online: 05/06/19 – 06/07/19
Paper: 05/06/19 – 05/17/19
Deadline to Return Scorable and Nonscorable Materials to Measurement Incorporated No later than 1 week after PBT window closes (by May 24, 2019)
Deadline to Return Computer-Based Testing Nonscorable Materials to Measurement Inc 6/11/19

Documents and Downloads

NJSLA-Science Manuals

NJSLA Test Coordinator/Technology Coordinator Regional Training

NJSLA-Science Guides