TRENTON, NJ — N.J. Department of Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet has informed school superintendents and administrators that standardized testing for the spring has been canceled.
These include the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA), ACCESS for English Language Learners and the Dynamic Learning Maps.
Repollet said New Jersey was granted a waiver by the U.S. Department of Education. The waiver was offered to states canceling standardized testing due to the coronavirus.
The standardized test are used in myriad ways, including benchmarking student achievement, as a graduation requirement and for teacher evaluations.
The notice said the state will be making the test available to freshmen, sophomores and juniors, as well as middle school students taking high school level classes in the summer or fall if they want to use the NJSLA high school tests to meet their graduation requirements.
Juniors and sophomores have a menu of options for meeting the graduation requirements.
Last week, the College Board announced they would be canceling the March and May SAT testing, although June testing remains as scheduled.
The organization also administers the Advanced Placement programs that are offered in most high schools in the country. They are currently offering online resources for teachers to give remote instructions. The College Board said they are still working on a plan for administering AP tests, scheduled for May. "We're investing in the development of a new at-home testing option," the website said, with an update expected by April 3.