Message to Parents and Guardians
The Hammonton School District is committed to assisting all students in making significant gains in academic goals by working as a team – parents, students, faculty, staff and administrators -throughout the school year. Our staff conducts various assessments over the course of the school year to continuously measure standard mastery and to make data-driven decisions to reach these goals.
New Jersey Statewide Assessment Programs
New Jersey’s statewide assessments are meant to be valuable tools for parents, educators, students, schools and districts. These assessments are designed to do the following:
- Serve as an academic checkup to ensure that students are meeting grade-level expectations and remain on track for the next grade level and ultimately, high school graduation;
- Help teachers and schools identify students who need support so they can provide additional instruction;
- Help districts identify persistent achievement gaps so they can identify strategies and allocate resources appropriately; and
- Help districts measure the effectiveness of their curriculum, interventions and programs
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
The PARCC assessments measure how well New Jersey students are progressing toward attainment of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in the areas of English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. PARCC assessments measure higher learning expectations for students and focus more on the application of knowledge of concepts and skills over memorizing facts than previous assessments. Thus, the PARCC assessments are designed to be a more accurate measure of whether students are on track in their preparation for college and careers.
PARCC Assessment Dates
PARCC ELA/Math – Grades 3-11: Spring, 2017
NJ Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) and NJ Biology Competency Test (NJBCT)
The NJASK science assessment in grades 4 and 8 is a requirement of NCLB/ESSA for federal funding. These assessments are given to students in grades 4 and 8 and in the high school for students currently enrolled in biology.
NJASK-Grades 4 and 8: May 31, 2017
NJBCT-HS students enrolled in Biology: May 31-June 1, 2017
ACCESS for ELLs English language proficiency assessment is administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs).
ACCESS- K-Grade 12 ELL students: March, 2017
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
NAEP is a nationally representative measure of student achievement across the country. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the U.S. Department of Education. Selected schools will represent students across New Jersey, and their participation provides NAEP with a representative barometer of national student performance. National and state-level results will be released as The Nation’s Report Card.
NAEP- Grades 4 and 8: window provided of January 30-March 3, 2017
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
As the title suggests, the PSAT/NMSQT is a preliminary version of the SAT and is used to predict college readiness in the areas of evidence-based reading, writing and language, and mathematics. This assessment is given to all students in grades 10 and 11.
PSAT/NMSQT- Grades 10-11: October 2017
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
MAP is a personalized on-line assessment that adjusts to each student’s learning level and is used to measure student growth and progress. Students in grades 2-10 will be assessed 2-3 times during the school year in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. The results from these assessments will be used for instructional and programmatic purposes.
MAP- Grades 2-10: Fall, Winter, Spring
Advanced Placement Testing (AP)
Students enrolled in AP level courses at the high school may take AP tests in order to earn college credits. These assessments are scheduled by College Board.
AP Testing – AP enrolled students: May, 2017
Standardized State Assessment Schedule: http://www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/20162017TestingCalendar.pdf