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Elementary Start Strong Assessments

October 2021

Dear Parents and/or Guardians:

As per state and federal requirements, all New Jersey public schools will administer the Start Strong assessments in October to students in grades 4 – 10 for English / Language Arts, grades 4 – 8, Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II for Mathematics, and in grades 6, 9, and 12 for Science.  

These assessments feature only multiple-choice questions, can be administered in approximately 45 – 60 minutes per subject and are based on a subset of prioritized prior-year academic standards. Immediate results will be provided to educators to be used as a data point to support curriculum and instructional planning. The Start Strong assessments utilize three performance levels to aid educators and families about the types of support that students may need: Strong Support May Be Needed, Some Support May Be Needed, and Less Support May Be Needed.  

Once available, parents will receive an Individualized Student Report for each content area in which their child is tested. 

The table below outlines our elementary testing schedule for Start Strong. 


  Grade Level   


October 12, 2021   

  Grade 4 & 5 

    English / Language Arts 

October 13, 2021 

  Grade 4 & 5 



Further information regarding Start Strong testing can be located at the following link: