Alternate Proficiency Assessment (APA)
The Alternate Proficiency Assessment (APA) in science for 2016-2017 was a portfolio assessment designed to measure progress toward achieving New Jersey's state educational standards for those students with the most significant intellectual disabilities who were unable to participate in the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) Science or the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT).
The APA was administered in science where the nature of the student's intellectual disability was so severe that the student was not receiving instruction in any of the knowledge and skills measured by the general statewide assessment and the student could not complete any of the types of questions on the NJASK Science or NJBCT assessments even with accommodations and modifications.
APA students in grades 4 and 8 were assessed in science. APA students in high school were assessed in science in the year they received instruction in the biology standards.
Additional materials, including the 2016-2017 Score Interpretation Manual and the CPI Links assessed, are available from the APA contractor.