District Assessment Program

District Assessment Program

In order to provide a well-balanced view of students' individual growth, the district uses multiple measures to assess student progress toward specific learning goals, analyze student areas of strength and challenge, and make powerful teaching decisions. To this end, teachers use a variety of formal and informal assessment techniques on a continuous basis. This ongoing authentic assessment provides a comprehensive portrait of a student's academic development. Teachers use this assessment data to determine their students' overall performance during the course of a marking period, which translates into a grade (or stage of development in the primary grades). Developmental Progress Reports/Report Cards and Parent Teacher Conferences are the main vehicles used to formally document progress made throughout the school year. Additional informal parent-teacher communication occurs throughout the school year on a regular basis.

2019 - 2020 School Year

First Trimester: September 3, 2019 - December 5, 2019
Second Trimester: December 6, 2019 - March 13, 2020
Third Trimester: March 16, 2020 - June 17*, 2020

Window for Finalizing Interim Grades

Interim Posted

End of Trimester

Window for Finalizing Grades

Report Card Posted

October 10 - 17

October 18

December 5

December 6 - 13

December 17

January 23 - 30

January 31

March 13

March 16 - 20

March 24

April 23 - 30

May 1

June 17*

June 11 - 15

June 16*

Quint Dates for Middle School Related Arts

Quint Date

Window for Finalizing Interim Grades

Interim Posted

End of Quint

Report Card Posted

Quint #1

Sept. 3 - Oct. 25

September 19 - 26

September 27

October 25

Report Cards

Dec. 17

Quint #2

Oct. 28 - Dec. 20

November 19 - 25

November 26

December 20

Report Cards

March 24

Quint #3

Jan. 2 - Feb. 25

January 23 - 30

January 31

February 25

Report Cards

March 24

Quint #4

Feb. 26 - Apr. 24

March 17 - 23

March 24

April 24

Report Cards

June 16*

Quint #5

Apr. 27 - Jun. 17*

May 14 - 21

May 22

June 17*

Report Cards

June 16*

*Date subject to change if make-up days need to be added to the end of the school year. Final report cards are posted the day prior to the last day of school, which is currently scheduled for June 17, 2020.


November 4, 5 & 6

March 12 & 13

Standardized assessments are an additional tool used to measure students' level of performance. Accommodations and/or accessibility options are specific to each assessment and available to students based on individual need. Testing modifications are also identified in student 504 plans and IEPs. Parents can contact their case manager, 504 plan coordinator or school counselor for additional information.

The standardized assessments utilized in the ETSD include:

NJSLA-ELA & Mathematics (formerly PARCC)

The NJSLA-ELA & Math assessments were originally created through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), which was a consortium of states that worked together to develop assessments to measure student achievement in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. The NJSLA-ELA & Math assessments are based on the learning standards contained in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) for grades 3-8. These state mandated 21st Century assessments are computer-based to make use of innovative technology. The NJSLA-ELA & Math test is administered annually during the morning session anywhere from three to five days depending on grade level. Click here for spring 2019 parent presentation that details assessment components, time frames, and student/parent resources.

Individual Student Reports (ISR) are published annually in September. See links below for web resources to assist parents with understanding these state reports:



Additional parent resources for PARCC:





NJSLA-Science (formerly NJASK)

The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) for Science is a state-mandated annual assessment administered to all students in grades 5 & 8. Assessments are designed to evaluate student proficiency in meeting the NJ Student Learning Standards in the area of Science. This assessment is administered annually, typically in May, during the morning session on two school days. A Parent, Student, and Teacher Information Guide is distributed in order to provide additional information, along with sample questions and answers. ISRs are published annually in September.

Cognitive Abilities Tests (CogATs)

The Cognitive Abilities Tests are nationally-normed assessments administered in grades 3, 5, and 7 annually in March. These tests measure student aptitude in areas of verbal, quantitative and spatial reasoning. This assessment is administered during the morning session on two school days.


The SAGES-2 (Screening Assessment for Gifted Elementary and Middle School Students-Second Edition) is a group-administered assessment used to identify students who should be formally screened for eligibility in the district's Tier III Gifted and Talented program. This assessment is administered to all sixth grade students in the fall, late September, and all second grade students early to mid March. The SAGES-2 consists of three subtests given over 2-3 days depending on grade level: Mathematics/Science, Language Arts/Social Studies, and Reasoning. The items on the subtests are presented in either a multiple choice or analogy format.

To view the 2018-2019 Standardized Assessment Schedule, click here.

The full district assessment program can be viewed here that includes general assessment tools and strategies, district-wide assessments and standardized assessments.

The following links have more information on the state assessment programs:

NJ Department of Education Assessment and Evaluation



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