This year, the state-mandated New Jersey Student Learning Assessment – Science (NJSLA-S), formerly the NJ Biology Competency Test, will be administered on Monday, May 21, and Tuesday, May 22, to all juniors. If a junior is not currently taking a science, he/she is still required to sit for the test. The test measures student proficiency with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science.
The NJSLA-S Test will be administered using the same platform that is used for PARCC. To accommodate testing, which will be in classrooms, we will be running two bus schedules on May 21 and 22.
- All juniors will take their normal bus to school and arrive no later than 7:45 a.m. Juniors must report directly to their testing locations, as attendance will be taken.
- All other students not testing will be picked up by their bus 2 ½ hours later than their normal pick-up time. Period 1 will begin at 10:15 a.m.
- We will follow the 2 ½ hour delayed opening bell schedule that we used during PARCC testing. Click here for the bell schedule.
- Students attending AM Polytech should get the bus at their normal pick-up time. The regular AM Polytech shuttle will run as scheduled for those students not taking the NJSLA-S.
The testing schedule that has been created allows our students to test in classrooms rather than in large groups. This ensures optimal academic conditions for all students who are taking the science test, while still being able to maintain a normal academic schedule for the remainder of the day.
Testing Day Requirements:
On May 21 and 22, the following is required for students taking the NJSLA-S:
- Students must bring their fully charged Chromebook and charger each day of testing.
- Students must bring their school ID or driver’s license to the testing location.
- New Jersey Department of Education directives prohibit backpacks, handbags, cell phones, any other electronic devices, food, and water bottles in the testing areas. Please remind your child to leave these items in his or her locker during testing.
- Students are permitted to bring a book to read after they have completed their assessment.
- Attendance will be taken each day in the testing room, so students must report directly to their designated classroom each morning by 7:45 a.m.
- Students who miss any section due to illness will be advised about make-up testing. Make-up testing for units 1 and 2 will be on May 23, and make-up testing for units 3 and 4 will be on May 24.
Juniors should have received a copy of the Parent, Student, and Teacher Information Guide from their science teacher. You can also access the electronic version by clicking here.
Anyone with questions about the test can contact Mrs. Carol Skidmore, Assistant Principal, at 908-713-4199 ext. 6421 or email@example.com.
On behalf of the faculty and staff, we want to thank you for your continued support.
Greg Cottrell, Ed.D.