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Welcome to an Educational Adventure
The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge, or NJ ASK, is a special milestone, as it represents the first time that New Jersey’s public school students are presented with a state-mandated standardized test. Indeed, the ASK is the Garden State’s answer to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that states use standards-based testing to ensure that students are picking up the skills and knowledge necessary for academic success.
We at REA believe that a friendly, hands-on introduction and preparation for the test are keys to creating a successful testing experience. REA’s NJ ASK books offer these key features:
Clearly identified book activities
Tips for solving problems tailored for the proper grade level
Exercises to sharpen skills
Below is helpful information for students, parents, and teachers concerning the NJ ASK and test taking in general. Organized practice is itself a prime skill for young students to master, because it will help set the tone for success long into the future as their educational adventure continues. It is REA’s sincere hope that this bookby providing relevant, standards-based practicecan become an integral part of that adventure.
What is the NJ ASK?
The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge is a standards-based assessment used in New Jersey’s public schools. Performance on the NJ ASK test equates not with the grades students receive for teacher-assigned work but rather with proficiency measures pegged to how well students are acquiring the knowledge and skills outlined in the state’s Core Curriculum Content Standards. Those proficiency measures fall into three broad categories, or bands: “partially proficient,” “proficient,” and “advanced proficient.”
When is the NJ ASK given?
The test is administered in early spring. Grade 3 students take the NJ ASK Language Arts Literacy on two days and the Mathematics test on the next two days, the final morning in Mathematics. Grade 4 students take the test on five mornings, the first two in Language Arts Literacy, the next two days in Mathematics, and the last in Science. Each day’s test spans 54 to 90 minutes, not including time to distribute materials, read directions, and take breaks.
What is the format of the NJ ASK?
The NJ ASK has two types of questions: multiple choice and open ended. With multiple choice, students are asked to choose the one correct answer out of the four choices provided. With open-ended questions, children answer with written responses in their own words. Each test section is timed, and students may not proceed to the next section until time for the current section has expired. If students have not finished a section when time runs out, they must stop and put down their pencils. There are clear directions throughout the test.
Understanding the NJ ASK and This Book
This book was specially written and designed to make test practice easy and fruitful for you. Our practice tests are very much like the actual NJ ASK tests, and our review is filled with illustrations, drills, exercises, and practice questions to help you become familiar with the testing environment and to retain information about key topics.
The NJ ASK and other state assessment tests are designed to give the school information about how well children are achieving in the areas required by New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards, which describe what students should know at the end of certain grades. This book will help your child review and prepare effectively and positively for the NJ ASK in Language Arts Literacy.
As their teacher, you introduce your students to the test-taking environment and the demands of the NJ ASK tests. You can use our authoritative book in your classroom for planned, guided instruction and practice testing. Effective preparation means better test scores!
Updates to the NJASK:
The test information in this book is taken directly from the 2009 Score Interpretation Manual Grades 38 of October 2009.
Where can I obtain more information about the NJ ASK?
For more information about the NJ ASK, contact the state Department of Education or Measurement, Inc,:
Office of Evaluation and Assessment
New Jersey Department of Education
PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-05000
For more information on the National Assessment of Educational Process:
(NAEP) Writing Frameworks: http://nagb.org/publications/frameworks.htm