Assessments and Testing

NJGPA/NJSLA School Testing Calendar 

The Montclair Public Schools Summary of State and District Testing for 2022-2023 (Spanish version) provides a high-level overview of standardized assessments and other assessments given to students in our district. Specific testing dates of state assessment administration may vary by school  and parents/guardians will be notified once scheduled. Please contact your child's counselor should you have any questions or concerns about your child's performance on district and/or state assessments.

NJDOE graduation assessment requirement update (July 2022):

  • There is no graduation assessment requirement for any student who is expected to graduate with the Class of 2023
  • Class of 2024-2025 graduation requirements remain
Below are the assessments detailed in the summary (Spanish version): 


Start Strong:
  • State formative assessment administered to ELA: Grades 4-10, Math: Grades 4-8, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 & Science: Grades 6, 9 and 12
  • Testing Window: September 1-October 21, 2022

New Jersey State Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJSGPA): 
  • State assessment for graduation administered to Grade 11 students
  • Testing window: March 13-17, 2023

New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA): 

  • English Language Arts (ELA): Grades 3-9
  • Math: Grades 3-9, including Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2
  • Science: Grade 5,8 & 11
  • Testing window: May 1-26, 2023

ACCESS 2.0 for English Language Learners: 

  • For K-12 students who have English as a secondary language

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM): 

  • An alternative assessment for students in grades 3-9 with significant intellectual disabilities in ELA and Math


Acadience Reading: 

  • Replacing Dynamic Reading Assessment (DRA) for grades K-8
  • Administered four times throughout the school year

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT): 

  • An assessment given to all 10th and 11th grade students

District Algebra Placement Test: 

  • An alternate computer-based assessment for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-8 and high school
  • English Language Arts (ELA)/Math: Grades 3,4,6,7
  • English Language Arts (ELA)/Math/Science: Grades 5,8,11
  • Testing Window: 4/3/23-5/26/23

Renaissance Learning STAR: 

  • Math, ELA and Early Literacy diagnostic and benchmark assessments
  • Administered multiple times throughout the school year

Accuplacer - An optional college placement test for seniors

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery assessment (ASVAB) - An optional assessment for seniors

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) - An optional college placement test for seniors

American College Test (ACT) - An optional college placement test for seniors

Avant STAMP Testing - An assessment administered to all 8th grade students to measure individual proficiency in the domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in a target language

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