Preparing all students to “graduate ready” means using all available information to form a full picture of each student’s needs so we can support them on their path to success. Teachers, family members, and other members of student support systems get information about student progress from many different sources. From classroom assignments, tests, and grades to portfolios, conferences, and even anecdotes and stories, each source is important on its own but even more powerful when taken together.
Understanding that no one score, work product, or opinion can tell us all that we need to know, WRNJ advocates for:
- As many sources of robust, meaningful student data as possible, shared widely with educators, families, and students (as appropriate), along with training in how to understand and use the data and sharing of best practices for student improvement;
- Educators, families and other student supporters, and higher education and business leaders working together to use information about student progress to develop supports and programs tailored to student needs;
- School, district, and state leaders using a variety of student achievement data to inform local and state programs and policies for school improvement, sharing it transparently with the community, and engaging community members in these conversations;
- Ensuring that feedback from diverse perspectives is heard and incorporated into state officials’ efforts to inform the evolution of state assessments; and
- Partnerships and collaboration with all those invested in our education system to better align our expectations for our students with the state assessment and to explore opportunities for the assessments to align with higher education and military admissions.
Read our principles about state assessments.
Resources for Educators
- Check out the state Achievement Coaches resources, which include professional learning modules on using information on student progress.
- See the NJDOE’s web page on the state assessment program.
- See NJDOE resources for districts on the state exam.
- See the 2018-19 reports and September 2019 State Board of Education presentation (slides 8-13) on state assessment results.
Resources for Parents and Families
- Check out ways to support your students’ success from Learning Heroes.
- See the NJ School Performance Reports with new information and a parent-friendly summary page.
- Access state report cards for each school and district to see how students are performing.
- See the most recent statewide assessment results.
- See information about what parents need to know about student growth from the Data Quality Campaign.
- The New Jersey Student Learning Standards page links to all the standards along with several resources to help parents understand the academic benchmarks and help students reach them.
- See NJDOE resources for families on the state exam.
- The Learning Heroes site provides many resources to help families understand and actively engage in their student’s education.
In the News
- Read this report from JerseyCAN on the past, present, and future of our state assessment system.
- Check out the latest data from Achieve to see where NJ stands when it comes to college and career ready student outcomes.
- Read this op-ed on how NJ students are rising to the challenge of high expectations and making academic gains.