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Elementary School Statewide Assessments
The Elementary School Proficiency Assessment (ESPA) was administered at grade 4 from 1997 through 2002 to provide an early indication of student progress toward achieving the knowledge and skills identified in the Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS). In spring 2003, the department replaced the ESPA with the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK), a comprehensive, multi-grade assessment program. Along with other indicators of student progress, the results of the elementary-level assessments are intended to be used to identify students who need additional instructional support in order to reach the CCCS.