Assessment Schedule and Testing Updates

Assessment Schedule and Testing Updates
Posted on 03/27/2019
RIH Assessment Schedule and State Testing Updates

Dear Parents / Guardians, 

This spring, the students of Ramapo Indian Hills will take the NJ Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) in Math, English, and Science.  There have been some notable changes to the NJSLA for this Spring’s administration, including: 

  • The statewide assessments have been renamed from PARCC to the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA).
  • Students in the Class of 2020 are not required to take the NJSLA Math or English (ELA 11)  assessments, however they are still required to take the NJSLA Science assessment.  
  • The number of units in English (ELA 9 and ELA 10) has been reduced from three 90-minute units to two 90-minute units.
  • The number of units in Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2) has been reduced from three 90-minute units to two 90-minute units.   

The District’s Assessment Schedule has been updated with these changes and posted to the District’s website.   

During the 2017-2018 school year, the District had 99.7% and 99.6% of 9th and 10th grade students participate on the PARCC ELA and Math assessments, respectively.  The data the District receives from the students’ results informs different stakeholders in a variety of ways.  Parents receive a student report that provides an overview of how their child(ren) perform on the different types of problems (mathematics) and a breakdown of reading and writing skills (English).  Teachers and administrators use the information to help evaluate and revise the curriculum, and guide data-driven decisions for the instructional process.  

When looking forward to the Spring 2019 administration, it is important for the FLOW communities and the RIH Regional High School District to maintain a high level of participation and encourage our students, your children, to do their best on these assessments.   The District will be evaluated by the NJ DOE next fall through QSAC (Quality Single Accountability Continuum).  The QSAC evaluation will look back at the 2018-2019 student achievement data, and will include the 9th and 10th grade participation and proficiency rates on the Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, or Algebra 2) and ELA (English 9 and English 10) assessments.  We are required through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)  to have at least 95% participation rates on these assessments.  If we fall below 95% participation, the State will assign a zero for the non-tested students to determine our overall proficiency on the assessments, which will put us at risk of earning a "district in need of improvement” status.  It goes without saying that no one (students, parents, faculty and staff) would want this to happen to the schools that serve students in the three communities.  With that said, all 9th and 10th grade students are required to take the NJSLA in Math and English, and are encouraged to simply do their best.   

For more information about recent changes to the Statewide assessments, please reference the following broadcasts: 

I hope you found this helpful.  If you still have questions, please feel free to contact the building principals, the school test coordinators (Mr. Dan Guido, IHHS or Mrs. Claudia Dargento, RHS) or the Curriculum Office.   

Regards, 

Daniel W. Sutherland

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Articulation

Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District

201.416.8100 ext. 3819

dsutherland@rih.org