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New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK)

Please Note: The results of the Grades 3-8 New Jersey ASK Language Arts Literacy (LAL), now called the English Language Arts (ELA), test and the mathematics test cannot be compared with those produced prior to the introduction of the present test designs.  For the 2008 test administrations, the grades five through eight assessments were redesigned. For the 2009 administrations, the grades three and four tests were redesigned.   As a result, the grades 5-8 tests are comparable back to 2008, while the grades 3 and 4 tests are comparable back to 2009.  The science test designs remain intact, making the present test results comparable across all test administrations.  The science tests are administered in grades four and eight. Please be aware that test results can be compared only within subject areas at the same grade levels.

Elementary School 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 NJASK, a comprehensive, multi-grade assessment program.

All New Jersey third and fourth grade students took the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge for the first time in May 2003. Since the NJ ASK 3 was a field test in 2003, the first operational third-grade assessment occurred in spring 2004. The statewide science assessment, which is not required at every grade level, was field tested at the fourth-grade level in 2004.

Middle School Assessments

For more than a decade, the department has developed and administered an eighth-grade assessment to determine whether students are making sufficient progress in mastering the knowledge and skills they will need to pass the state’s eleventh-grade assessment. The Grade 8 Early Warning Test was administered from 1991 through 1998 to help students prepare for the High School Proficiency Test (HSPT 11) in the eleventh grade. In March 1999, the department replaced the EWT with the Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment (GEPA). In 2008, a redesigned eighth grade assessment, NJ ASK 8, replaced the GEPA.  As a result of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requirements, the department expanded the state assessments to include grades 5 through 7 in 2006.  In 2008, the redesigned NJ ASK 5-7 replaced the interim ASK 5-7 of 2006 and 2007.