• Jacqueline Moore
  • Supervisor of Professional Development/State & Federal Programs
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District Assessment Information: STAR Assessments in Early Literacy, Reading and Mathematics

To monitor the academic progress of all students, the school district participates in the STAR Reading, STAR Mathematics, and STAR Early Literacy Assessments, through Renaissance Learning. The STAR Assessments are computerized assessments, and are designed to help educators differentiate instruction based on the individual learning needs of students, and track individual student progress towards learning goals. These assessments are dynamic, in that they will adapt to a child’s academic level during the course of the test. In this way, the STAR Assessments are individualized for each student, in order to provide a more specific measure of how each student is progressing in achieving the state and national curriculum standards. The following chart indicates the grade levels which will be assessed, as well as the content areas to be assessed at each level. Specific dates for testing vary by grade level and classroom.

STAR Assessment Name
Grade Level*
Early Literacy

* Students progress from STAR Early Literacy to STAR Reading based on their individual readiness and performance on the assessments. Grade levels listed are approximations.

All students (K-8) will participate in the districtwide Fall and Spring Screening Windows listed below for the STAR Mathematics, and STAR Reading or Early Literacy Assessments. A third districtwide Winter Screening Window has been scheduled to assist in the monitoring of student learning and program. Students will be scheduled to participate in the Winter Screening Window, at the discretion of their teacher, or school/program administrator. In addition to Districtwide Screening Windows, Teachers may use interim STAR assessment features to monitor student progress throughout the school year, as well.

The following chart indicates the District-defined Screening Windows. All students will be scheduled to participate in the assessment within the Fall and Spring Screening Windows. Select students will be scheduled to participate in the Winter Screening Window, based on program or teacher/administrator discretion. Teachers will continue to use the Progress Monitoring features available through the STAR program outside of the formal Districtwide Screening Windows.

It is critical to understand that the dates listed in the chart below reflect the entire window within which schools may schedule students for the STAR. Individual students are not engaged in assessment during every day of the Screening window.

Districtwide STAR Screening Windows

Fall September 18, 2017 - October 13, 2017 All students K-8
Winter January 16, 2018 - February 9, 2018 Specific students based on program and teacher/administrator discretion.
Spring May 14, 2018 - June 1, 2018 All students K-8

Additional information regarding STAR Assessments can be accessed through the Parent Resources link found below.

State Assessment Dates - PARCC & NJ State Science Assessment

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) requires that ALL Grade 3-8 students in the State’s public school system participate in state-mandated assessments. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) will be used to assess students in the content areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) will continue to be used to assess students in Science, for Grades 4 and 8.

New Jersey’s State Science, (Elementary & Middle Level)

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is currently in the process of developing a new science assessment. The assessment will be aligned with the newly implemented New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Science. Information regarding this assessment and testing dates will be provided as it becomes available from the NJDOE.

PARCC, Grades 3-8

Students in Grades 3-8 will participate in computer-based English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics PARCC Assessments. The District’s PARCC testing schedule has been carefully developed to adhere to the scheduling parameters defined by the NJDOE and PARCC, yet maximize the time still available for instruction on the PARCC testing days. This was accomplished by keeping the amount of time devoted to the assessment on each given day at the minimum.

    State Assessment: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Algebra I, Geometry and Science

Test/Content Area Grade Levels Dates
PARCC English Language Arts (w/field test) Grades 3-5 April 23, 24, 25, 27*
PARCC Mathematics Grades 3-5 April 30, May 1, 2, 3
PARCC English Language Arts (w/field test) Grades 6-8 May 8, 9, 10, 11
PARCC Mathematics/Algebra I/Geometry Grades 6-8 May 14, 15, 16
Make-ups PARCC ELA/Math/Algebra I/Geometry Grades 3-8 Through May 25th
NJSLA - Science Grades 5 May 29 and 30
Make-ups NJSLA -Science Grade 5 May 31 and June 1
NJSLA - Science Grades 8 May 31 and June 1
Make-ups NJSLA -Science Grade 8 June 4 and 5

*Please note that the dates above reflect the possible inclusion of a field test in PARCC ELA, and therefore the actual number of ELA testing days may be one fewer than indicated for any grade that is not selected for a field test.

National Assessment Dates

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is administered to students across the nation to evaluate the academic progress of children across the country. Information from the NAEP is utilized in the development of the Nation’s Report Card, which can be accessed at Districts and schools are selected randomly by the United States Department of Education (USDE), to participate in the NAEP assessment.

As of September 1, 2017, no Howell Township K-8 Schools are scheduled to participate NAEP Assessment, for the 2017-2018 school year.

Parent Resources

Parental Notification of Standardized Assessment

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