State testing in schools complete

May 11, 2019


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In class, sixth grade students practiced writing the ending to a story since that was one of the tasks on the state test.

Students in grades 3 through 6 at Patrick M. Villano School wrapped up a week of state testing today. They finished the New Jersey State Learning Assessment (NJSLA) this morning. On Monday and Tuesday, students took Language Arts assessments which lasted about 90 minutes. The rest of the week, students took math assessments for about one hour. Sixth grader Kayla Mulligan felt prepared.

“We would have full periods just either talking about the test or practicing what we will have on the test,” Mulligan said.

State testing is mandated by the New Jersey Department of Education. It’s one way to make sure students are learning what they’re supposed to be learning in each grade level.

“One thing I think was easy about the state test this year was writing a narrative ending for the Language Arts test,” Kayla Elek, a sixth-grader, said.

Students read the beginning of a story, then wrote the ending. 

“One thing I think was hard about the state test this year was finishing writing a whole essay in 90 minutes,” Elek added.

Science testing does continue next week for fifth graders only.

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