Assessments and Testing

NJGPA/NJSLA Spring 2024 School Testing Calendar

NJSLA Spring 2023 Results - BOE presentation, 11.1.23

The Montclair Public Schools Summary of State and District Testing for 2023-2024 (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.

Class of 2024 and 2025 Graduation Requirements (Updated May 2023)

  • First Pathway: By completing, in Grade 11, the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment with a score of 725 or higher for English Language Arts and for Math; or
  • Second Pathway: By meeting the designated cut score (on webpage linked above) on a substitute competency test such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER; or
  • Third Pathway: By submitting, through the district, a student portfolio appeal to the New Jersey Department of Education.
Below are the assessments detailed in the Summary of District Testing 2023-2024 (Spanish version)


New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJSGPA): 
  • State assessment for graduation administered to Grade 11 students

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

ACCESS 2.0 for Multi-Language Learners: 

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

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM): 

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

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): 

  • Administered to select schools, for grades 4 and 8, across the nation for the National Report Card
  • Hillside Elementary's Grade 4 was selected to respond to questions for Math and Reading. Students will answer questions in only one subject


Acadience Reading: 
Replacing Dynamic Reading Assessment (DRA) for grades K-8

  • K-12, Math and ELA, diagnostic and benchmark assessments
  • Administered multiple times throughout the school year
  • A learning platform for providing tailored practice, intervention and/or enrichment

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

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

District Algebra Placement Test: 

  • An assessment for students in grades 5 and 6
  • Part of the criteria used in placement for Algebra A Accelerated
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


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

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