March 19, 2019
Dear Warren Hills Community,
In my previous Superintendent’s Update, I included the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) testing schedule. We were recently informed by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) of a revision to this testing schedule.
Per the directive received by the NJDOE, students in grade 11 will NOT be required to sit for the NJSLA for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. However, students in grade 11 WILL be required to complete the NJSLA - Science Assessment, which replaces the end-of-course Biology assessment and aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards.
As an update to Graduation Requirements for the classes of 2019 & 2020, the NJDOE has provided three (3) pathways by which students can meet the requirements in ELA and Mathematics. The three (3) pathways are:
- Achieve passing scores on high school level NJSLA/PARCC assessments; or
- Achieve scores defined in the graduation assessment requirements chart (link below) on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer; or https://homeroom5.doe.state.nj.us/broadcasts/2019/FEB/22/19704/Graduation%20Requirements%20chart.pdf
- Submit, through the district, a student portfolio appeal to the NJDOE.
The NJDOE noted, “Special Education students, whose Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) specify an alternative way to demonstrate proficiencies, will continue to follow the graduation assessment requirements set forth in their IEPs.”
Thank you in advance for your kind attention and review of this information.
Earl C. Clymer, III
Superintendent of Schools