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April 23, 2014

Next week marks the beginning of NJ ASK (New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge) testing (see below for testing schedule). This test assesses student achievement in English language arts and mathematics in grades 3 - 8, and science in grades 4 and 8. 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 CCSS (Common Core State Standards). Learn more by downloading the NJ ASK Info Guide (English/Espanol - PDF).

As with all testing, we suggest that your child gets a good night's sleep before the ASK and eats a good breakfast the morning of the test. Note that each child will be eligible to receive a FREE hot breakfast each morning of the initial administration of the test. The specifics of the menu items will be announced to the students the afternoon before the testing date. We also encourage your child to do his or her best but to not be overly anxious about the testing. If you would like more tips on helping your child overcome test anxiety, please click here.

NJ ASK Schedule:
Monday, April 28: Language Arts Literacy Assessment portion (7th & 8th Grades)
Tuesday, April 29: Language Arts Literacy Assessment portion (7th & 8th Grades)
Wednesday, April 30: Mathematics Assessment portion (7th & 8th Grades)
Thursday, May 1: Mathematics Assessment portion (7th Grade ONLY)
Thursday, May 1: Science Assessment portion (8th Grade ONLY)
Week of May 5: Make-Up Testing for Grades 7 & 8

Note: Language Arts Literacy is tested on days 1 & 2; Mathematics on days 3 &4
Monday, May 5 - Thursday, May 8: Grades 5 & 6
Week of May 12: Make-up Testing for Grades 5 & 6
Monday, May 12 - Thursday, May 15: Grade 3 & 4
Friday, May 16: Science Assessment portion (Grade 4 ONLY)
Week of May 19: Make-up Testing for Grades 3 & 4

It is important that students are in attendance on the initial testing dates, as delaying the test can make anxiety worse, but if your child is sick or otherwise will not be in attendance, make-up dates can be utilized.

We wish all of our students the best of luck in completing the ASK tests, and encourage parents to help ease children's testing anxiety. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher. Have a great day!

Annette C. Giaquinto, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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