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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 PARCC test.
  • The PARCC accommodations that are available to students with IEP’s or 504 plans will also be available to these students in the NJSLA-S.
  • Unlike the old NJ ASK, the new NJSLA-S offers the same accessibility features as the PARCC assessment.
  • The test will be administered over a 2-day period.  This year, it is scheduled for May 22 and 24.  Like the PARCC, students who are absent during testing will participate in make-up testing upon their return to school.

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