Alternate Proficiency Assessment in Science (APA)
The Alternate Proficiency Assessment (APA) in science is 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 are unable to participate in the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) Science or the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT).
The APA is administered in science where the nature of the student's intellectual disability is so severe that the student is not receiving instruction in any of the knowledge and skills measured by the general statewide assessment and the student cannot 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 are assessed in science. APA students in high school will be assessed in science in the year they receive instruction in the biology standards.
All students must now be assessed on prescribed standards and strands in the specific science content area. Please review the APA test specifications and CPI Links for more information.
Additional materials, including the test design revisions, the test specifications, and the CPI Links, are available from the current contractor.