NEW JERSEY STUDENT LEARNING ASSESSMENT FOR SCIENCE (NJSLA-S)
The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment for Science (NJSLA-S) measures student proficiency with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science. The science standards require assessment tasks that examine students’ performance of scientific and engineering practices in the context of crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas. The three-dimensional nature of the standards requires more complex assessment items and tasks. The NJSLA are only one component of a system of assessments that provide evidence about student learning. The data collected from the NJSLA-S, students’ interactions with teachers on a daily basis, and their subsequent performance on teacher and district developed assessments combine to provide a clear and well-rounded picture of students’ achievement.
The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-Science (NJSLA-S) has replaced the NJASK Science Assessments and the NJBCT and will be administered, this spring, as a computer-based test to students throughout New Jersey in grades 5, 8 and 11.