Since the release of the curricular frameworks, many districts have inquired about the availability of assessments aligned to them. While the state is not releasing a formal set of assessments, four item set releases will occur over the next two months. Similar to the curricular frameworks, the purpose of the released item sets is to support districts in the development of ongoing formative assessment, which is a core part of the teaching and learning cycle. The organization of the NJ Student Learning Standards in the curricular framework did guide the grouping of the released item sets.

District educators are encouraged to use the items/sets as a resource, incorporating them into assessment work at the classroom/school/district level, and modifying them to reflect district standards sequencing. This resource, as it exists, is not intended to be used as benchmark, summative, or high-stakes assessment, but rather incorporated into everyday instructional planning.

Each grade release consists of two parts:

  • Computer-scored: approximately a 12 question set that contains item types that can be automatically scored if used in an assessment platform such as edConnect or another platform the district may utilize
  • Teacher-scored: In ELA, this release contains the writing prompt, in Math this release contains the performance tasks. These items all need to be scored by the teacher.
*edConnect users please take note that the paper/pencil assessments contained within have had their tech-enhanced items modified to support paper/pencil delivery and are not a direct match to the online test.

Item Release Maps have been created to give educators a quick glance as to what is contained in each released set, standard alignment, answer keys, item types, etc. 

Items within each release will be mapped to NJ SLS over the course of the year as we continue the transition. They are currently mapped to CCSS.