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Old 04-04-2011, 07:47 PM
 
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My sister-in-law told me that my son who is in 3rd grade will be tested before he starts school in NJ to see if he will remain in 3rd grade. I have never heard of this and the school never mentioned this to me. They said when we arrive just bring all the paper work they told me about and they will enroll him. He is a good student and I would hate for them to hold him back because of some NJ test. Is it different in each county?
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:14 PM
 
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My sister-in-law told me that my son who is in 3rd grade will be tested before he starts school in NJ to see if he will remain in 3rd grade. I have never heard of this and the school never mentioned this to me. They said when we arrive just bring all the paper work they told me about and they will enroll him. He is a good student and I would hate for them to hold him back because of some NJ test. Is it different in each county?
What state are you coming from & which school district are you moving to?
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:24 AM
 
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Im in Seminole County Florida and its one of the best school districts in Florida. We are moving to Gloucester County.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:00 AM
 
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Im in Seminole County Florida and its one of the best school districts in Florida. We are moving to Gloucester County.
OK, keep in mind that in NJ school districts are not by county. Gloucester County does have county offices for certain things. There are some regional high schools as well, but the schools are "home rule"
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:37 AM
 
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My sister-in-law told me that my son who is in 3rd grade will be tested before he starts school in NJ to see if he will remain in 3rd grade. I have never heard of this and the school never mentioned this to me. They said when we arrive just bring all the paper work they told me about and they will enroll him. He is a good student and I would hate for them to hold him back because of some NJ test. Is it different in each county?
I have never, ever heard of that. If he is in third grade this year, he will be placed into fourth grade next year, as far as I have ever heard. They might test him once he gets to school for other things, like reading and math placement, etc, but not to determine his grade level.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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ok thank you.
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:28 PM
 
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NJ public school has the state's and their guideline that they must follow. They are probably testing your son for accountability issue. The test is probably an assement to make sure that your son is prepared for 4th grade. It will also help identify what he may need to work on. I doubt very much that they will hold your son back unless he is really behind.

He is going to get tested again next year for the NJ Ask test. Kids are administered this test to make sure that they are learning. Remember, the state wants to look good with regard to NCLB. Better to make sure that your child will pass 4th grade by putting him in 3rd instead of 4th.

I wouldn't worry about it. Just make sure he has a good night sleep the day before the test and go from there. If anything, him not doing well in the test is not a direct reflection of how smart he is. It may say something about the current school system that he is in.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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I checked with some of the schools in the area. He will not be tested. The only time they test is if a child who started kindergarten early in another state because of cut off dates and may not be ready for kindergarten there, so they will have to repeat it. Also, as the other poster said they will also see which level of reading to place him in. The curriculum he is doing now is the same as Jersey schools and I think he was a little more ahead.
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:17 PM
 
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FWIW, my school district does do testing of incoming students for reading and math as well as a Kindergarten assessment if that is the age/grade they are going into. However, it is not for grade placement (beyond Kindergarten), just to put them in the appropriate track for the reading and math programs they use. I know the reading assessment is very common, the math one however is usually only in districts that use Everyday Math or a similar program versus the standard math lessons.
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Old 04-05-2011, 06:03 PM
 
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We didn't have to deal with any testing (Gloucester Twp).
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