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On July 13, 2022, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) Division of Teaching and Learning released a broadcast outlining the upcoming testing window and instructions for local education agencies (LEAs) for the Start Strong Assessment. The testing window for the 45 to 60- minute assessments will be from Aug. 31 to Sept. 30. It is important to note that all students, including students with disabilities who are not eligible for the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessments and English language learners, will be expected to participate in the Start Strong

Below is an overview of the grade levels and subject matter that will be assessed:

  • ELA grades 4-10
  • Mathematics grades 4-8
  • Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II
  • Science grades 6, 9, and 12

The data from the 2021-22 administration can be found here in the summary report. Also within this report is the acknowledgment of the ongoing use of the Start Strong Assessment. On Slide 14, it states that one of the challenges is collaborating with districts to increase participation in future administrations of this assessment. Additionally, on Slide 15 it states that, “The NJDOE is looking to prioritize assessments like Start Strong and other formative and interim assessment options as they allow districts to collect timely, actionable, standards-based student performance data at the beginning of the school year and throughout the year.”

While the fall 2022 Start Strong assessments will not be used to satisfy federal accountability, districts are still required to publicly report school-level participation and performance disaggregated by subgroup within 60 days of receiving final reports. In addition, districts must report individual student results to parents within 30 days of receiving printed Individual Student Reports, which can be located in the PearsonAccessNext (PAN) platform.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please contact Dawn Howlen at dhowlen@njea.org.