September 6, 2022


I am writing to inform you of the state and standardized testing schedule for Park Ridge students during the 2022-2023 school year. Last year the State introduced two new student tests, Start Strong and the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment. Both are scheduled to continue this year. 

We are required to administer the Start Strong assessment again this year. This test, while a state-wide assessment, is not designed to be a high-stakes test. It is diagnostic in scope, testing students on material based on the previous year of instruction, and with no implication for graduation. For example, a 6th-grade student will be tested on 5th-grade math skills. New Jersey has mandated the Start Strong Assessment in ELA and Math for all students in grades 4 through 10, and students in Grades 6, 9, and 12 must take a Start Strong assessment in Science. Since the math test is based on subject areas after the 8th grade level, some 11th grade students in Algebra II will also need to take the Start Strong Assessment for Math. 

The New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJGPA) will be administered this spring to current Juniors (Class of 2024). Current law requires that the NJGPA be the primary graduation requirement for the Classes of 2024 and 2025. For students who require them, there are other pathways to graduation. Full information about graduation requirements can be found online on our Curriculum Department’s website, or you may contact your child’s school. 

Finally, we are piloting a screener and diagnostic from IXL this year. All teachers in our elementary schools received training on this screener, and we hope that it  will help provide us, and you, useful information about your child’s progress in ELA and mathematics. Only select teachers will administer this screener, which is expected to take only about 25 minutes to complete. 

The dates of the Spring 2023 exams in the chart below are the Testing Windows set by the State Department of Education or vendor. As these exams draw nearer, your building principals will reach out with more information, including exact testing dates.

Patrick D. Bernardo

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology



Dates or Testing Window

Approximate Time

Fountas & Pinnell

Grades K-6

9/2022, 3/2023, 6/2023

20 minutes per student

DIBELS (Dyslexia screener)

Grade 1 and new Grade 2 students


5-7 minutes per student

IXL Screener for Math and Literacy skills

Grade 6, individual teachers as pilot


25 minutes per student

Start Strong

Grades 4-6

Grades 7-10

Grades 9 and 12 (Science)

October 11-13, 2022

October 3,4, 2022 September 29, 202022

1 hour each for ELA, Math, and Science


Grades 10 and 11

October 12, 2022

2 hours and 45 minutes

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM), ELA, Math, and Science

ELA and Math: 3-8, and 11

Science: 5, 8, and 11

(only applicable students)

Grades 7, 8, 11: October 10-13, 2022

Grades 3-6: October 24-28, 2022

No time limit

NJGPA (ELA and Math)

Grade 11

March 13-March 17, 2023

Two 90-minute units; total time 180 minutes per subject

NJSLA ELA and Math

Grades 3-9

May 1 - May 26, 2023

Two 90-minute units; total time 180 minutes per subject

NJSLA Science

Grades 5, 8, and 11

May 1 - May 26, 2023

Four 60 minute units


ELL students only

February 6 - March 31, 2023

Four hours

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM), ELA and Math

Grades 3-8, and 11

Science: Grades 5, 8, and 11 (only applicable students)

April 3, 2023 - May 26, 2023

No time limit

Advanced Placement (AP) Testing

Grades 9-12 for students in AP classes

May 1-5 and May 8-12, 2023

(Time varies based on subject)