New Jersey Department of Education

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Other State Assessments


The Science test measures fourth and eighth grade students' ability to recall information and to solve problems by applying science concepts. The Science test assesses knowledge and application skills in three clusters; each cluster contains multiple-choice items and constructed-response items. The NJ CCCS numbers corresponding to the three clusters are indicated in parentheses.

  • Life Science

    Matter, Energy, and Organization in Living Systems
    Diversity and Biological Evolution
    Reproduction and Heredity
    Natural Systems and Interactions
    Human Interactions and Impact
  • Earth Science

    Earth's Properties and Materials
    Atmosphere and Weather
    Processes that Shape the Earth
    How We Study the Earth
    Earth, Moon, Sun System
    Solar System
    Galaxies and Universe
  • Physical Science

    Structure and Properties of Matter
    Chemical Reactions
    Motion and Forces
    Energy Transformations

Science items are also classified and reported as either of the following:

  • Knowledge (Comprehension and Science, Society/Technology), or
  • Application (Habits of Mind/Inquiry and Mathematics).

Manuals are located on the  website.

Reference Documents