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NJ Start Strong Assessment
Posted 9/8/21

The Start Strong assessments are intentionally brief, designed to maximize instructional time and quickly provide critical data to teachers and school leaders. These assessments provide schools and districts the flexibility to address students’ unique needs at the beginning of the school year.


The Start Strong assessments:

  • Are based on a subset of prioritized prior-year academic standards;
  • Are available in ELA grades 4-10, Mathematics grades 4-8, Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II, and in Science grades 6, 9, and 12;
  • Can be administered in approximately 45-60 minutes;
  • Will provide immediate results to educators through the assessment platform; and
  • Will include the same accessibility features and accommodations as the NJSLA, including forms in Spanish and Text to Speech (TTS).

The Start Strong assessments utilize three performance levels (“Strong Support May Be Needed”; “Some Support May Be Needed”; and “Less Support May Be Needed”) to aid educators and families in making decisions about the types of supports that students may need. The reports will be available to educators immediately after students complete the assessment. The assessments are not meant to replace any preferred assessment strategies being used locally but can be used to complement existing efforts to gather standards-based data (local benchmarks, writing samples, assignments, homework, etc.) at the beginning of the school year.