Start Strong assessments for individual students for English language arts, mathematics and science have been distributed to district central offices, according to a memo from the New Jersey Department of Education.
Individual student reports have been sent to both the sending and receiving districts for students who receive instruction at a school other than their accountable school. After receiving the individual student reports, a copy must be mailed to parents/guardians within 30 days, which will be Jan. 13, 2022 (30 days after participating districts were to have received the individual student reports, which was Dec. 14). The NJDOE encourages districts to share the individual student reports with students’ parents/guardians to facilitate productive conversations on student learning.
District and State Reporting
Summative and summary files were made available electronically to assigned school and district staff Dec. 9. The NJDOE strongly encourages school and district leaders to review, analyze, and discuss assessment result.
Districts must report student-level assessment results to local school boards within 60 days of receipt, which will be Feb. 14, 2022 (60 days after Dec. 14). Districts must complete this reporting to satisfy the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum requirements for board reporting in the 2021-2022 school year.
District Communication Resources
To support communication efforts, the NJDOE has developed the following resources to assist districts in communicating statewide assessment results with educators, boards of education and parents/guardians:
- Sample cover letter for the mailing of individual student reports
- Score interpretation
- Sample PowerPoint template for reporting statewide assessment results to local boards of education
Online Portal with Video Score Reports
In addition to the paper individual student reports, 2021 Start Strong assessments will be accessible in NJ Parent Portal, Dec. 17, 2021.
If you have any questions regarding the release of the fall 2021 Start Strong statewide assessments results, email the Office of Assessments or call at (609) 376-3960.
For questions regarding NJQSAC requirements, contact your County Office of Education or the NJQSAC Office for further assistance.