New Jersey’s Department of Education this week said it has developed a support resource called Start Strong, described as “snapshot assessments” meant to “maximize instructional time and quickly put data in the hands of teachers and school leaders.”
These free, optional assessments will be available to all New Jersey school districts in the weeks ahead. Offered in English, Spanish and Text to Speech, Start Strong tests are designed to “produce classroom-level information as a standards-based complement to the resources used locally to evaluate the needs of students,” the N.J. DOE wrote in an Sept. 8 online post.
In addition, the Start Strong assessments “provide an initial indication of some conceptual or skill gaps that might exist in a student’s understanding of the NJSLS and the level of support students may need to inform instruction.”
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