On Oct. 10, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) issued two memos concerning standards and assessment. In the first memo, the NJDOE announced dates related to the Spring 2020 assessment. These included:
Paper-Based Testing Window
- Grades 3 to 8 and Regular High School: April 20 to May 1, 2020
- Spring Block High School: April 27 to June 8, 2020
Computer-Based Testing Window
- Grades 3 to 8 and Regular High School: April 20 to May 29, 2020
- Spring Block High School Only: April 27 to June 8, 2020
In the second memo, the NJDOE set forth important dates related to the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment. The DLM is an alternate assessment to measure performance of students with most significant intellectual disabilities on grade-level linked skills based on state standards.
The DLM assessments also ensure that all New Jersey students are included in the state’s accountability system. The DLM assessments in English Language Arts (ELA), mathematics, and science assess essential elements which are aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). The DLM is the alternate to the N.J. general assessments for all subjects.
The DLM testing window is from April 1 through May 29, 2020. This window allows sufficient time for all students to complete testing and accommodates spring break and holidays, according to the NJDOE. All students attending school during this window must begin testing no later than mid-April.