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Science Testing 2020

The New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science (also known as Next Generation Science Standards) set the mandatory requirement for Science instruction in New Jersey school districts. Accordingly, the district’s science curriculum has been revised to meet the new standards.¬† Likewise, the state science test has also been revised in order to assess student learning aligned to the new standards.


  • Students in grades 5 and 8 will be assessed through the state science test. (In previous years, students in grade 4 will assessed.)
  • The new assessment, called the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-Science (NJSLA-S), replaces the old New Jersey Assessment of Student Knowledge (NJ ASK).
  • The NJSLA-S is an online test, being administered on the same platform as the Language Arts and Math tests using the same available accommodations and accessibility features
  • The test will be administered over a 2-day period.