Planning and Assessments
Ms. Ann Bodnar
Director of Curriculum
p: (973) 762 - 5600 ext 1824
Assessing student academic performance is one measure of determining what has been learned and how well the curriculum is serving the needs of each child. Students in all grades are assessed using multiple measures such as teacher tests, informed reading tests and other performance-based measures. Students will be given every opportunity to demonstrate competency and be successful in all areas.
Third through Eighth Grade Writing Assessments
These district-developed assessments evaluate the writing proficiency of 3rd through 8th grade students.
Fifth Grade Common Assessments (CA-5)
Given over the course of the fifth grade year and Sixth Grade Placement Test (PT-6) given to all fifth grade students in Spring, composed of mathematical concepts taught in grades 5 and 6, and used as factors in determining sixth grade mathematics level placement.
Take place in January in some courses in middle school and high school. A special exam schedule allows for exams to be given in the morning and make-ups in the afternoon.
Formal final exams
Take place in some subjects in middle school and high school at the end of the year. In order to provide time for this important evaluation to take place, a special schedule is arranged. Those CHS seniors who have maintained an A- average in their classes, and have an exemplary discipline and attendance record may be recommended by their teachers to be exempt from one or more final exams.
NJ State Tests
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) – Grades 3-10 – These state assessments provide the district with information on students’ knowledge in mathematics and language arts.
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment Science (NJSLA-S) Grades 5,8,&11. These state assessments provide the district with information on students' knowledge in science and biology.
National Tests for College Entry
Advanced Placement (AP) Exam
At CHS, 20 different college level AP courses are offered. Students who receive scores of 3, 4, or 5 (highest) on the exam, taken at the end of the course, may be offered advanced opportunities in college.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT, SAT I & II )
The Preliminary SAT (PSAT), given to juniors and sophomores, is not used for college admission, but as criteria for Merit Scholarship awards. The SAT I results are used by colleges as one of the main criteria for acceptance. More than 90% of CHS juniors and seniors take the SAT I. A practice version of the SAT I is given by the district to all CHS sophomores to better prepare them for future tests. The SAT II is used by many colleges to assess knowledge in specific subject areas.
The American College Test (ACT)
Used by colleges as criteria for acceptance. It is made up of multiple choice tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. The ACT Plus offers an optional 30 minute writing test. Check with each college to see whether the ACT or SAT is preferred.