The New Jersey Student Learning Assessments for English Language Arts (NJSLA-ELA) and for Mathematics (NJSLA-M) measures the extent to which students are, or on track to being, college or career ready in each of the two respective areas.
The primary purpose of NJSLA is to provide high-quality assessments to measure students’ progress toward college and career readiness. English language arts (ELA) assessments focused on reading and comprehending a range of sufficiently complex texts independently and writing effectively when analyzing text. Mathematics assessments focused on applying skills and concepts, understanding multi-step problems that require abstract reasoning, and modeling real-world problems with precision, perseverance, and strategic use of tools. In both content areas, students also demonstrated their acquired skills and knowledge by answering selected-response items and constructed response items.
Students are assessed using the NJSLA ELA in grades 3 through 11. For math, students are assessed in grades 3 through 8 and as they are enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Performance on the NJSLA ELA and math assessments in high school are important factors necessary for the attainment of a high school diploma. For information on graduation requirements, please visit our Program of Studies and Student Planning Guide.