GEPA is designed to indicate the progress students are making in mastering
the knowledge and skills specified in the Core
Curriculum Content Standards and needed to pass the High
School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA). The GEPA is a primary indicator
for identifying eighth-grade students who may need instructional
intervention in three content areas: language arts literacy,
Please Note: The results of the redesigned NJ ASK 5-8 Language Arts Literacy (LAL) and mathematics cannot be compared with those of previous assessments due to changes in test design. In 2008, grades five through eight assessments were redesigned as NJ ASK 5-8. Grades five through seven of the new ASK 5-8 replaced the ASK 5-7 administered in 2006 and 2007. For grade eight, ASK 8 replaced GEPA marking 2007 as the last GEPA administration; however, the ASK 8 science test design remains unchanged from GEPA. It is important to note that the redesigned NJ ASK 5-8 for LAL and mathematics differ significantly in terms of item type, passage length, and testing time. Therefore direct comparisons of student performance across these tests are inappropriate.