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NJSLA-ELA Field Test for Spring 2020 (click for more information)

NJSLA-ELA Field Test for Spring 2020

As part of the statewide assessment program, the Margate City School District has been randomly selected to participate in the English Language Arts (ELA) Field Test for the Spring 2020 New Jersey Student Learning Assessment-English Language Arts (NJSLA-ELA).

What is Field Testing?

The main purpose of field testing is to “test the test questions” to ensure that all questions that appear on operational assessments do a good job of measuring the content and skills they are intended to measure. The field testing also ensures the questions are clear and are fair to all students. Every question goes through multiple rounds of review by assessment professionals and committees prior to being field tested. A final determination regarding the quality of each question is made only after it has been included in a test taken by students and the resulting field-test data has been analyzed.

How is Field Testing Implemented in New Jersey?

For ELA field testing, New Jersey samples approximately one-third of schools across the state. Schools are selected for ELA field testing so that the annual sample is representative of the state’s overall testing population in terms of achievement and demographics. All students in grades 3 through 8 will participate in the ELA field test, taking a total of three ELA units instead of two ELA units. Field test items do not count towards a student’s score. The field test unit may contain a Narrative Writing Task unit, Literary Analysis Task unit, or Research Simulation Task unit, and may appear as the first, second, or third unit on the test. This helps ensure that students do not know which questions “count” towards their score and which are field test questions, and therefore expend a similar amount of effort while answering all questions.

Districts that were selected to participate in field testing this year will not be required to participate again for the next two years of assessment administration (i.e. 2021 and 2022).