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District Assessment Information

Primary Measures of Academic Progress (P-MAP) and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

For the 2013-2014 school year, students will again participate in the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and Primary Measures of Academic Progress (P-MAP), developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). Typically, students in kindergarten and first grade are assessed using the P-MAP, while students in grades 2-8 are assessed using the MAP. (This may differ slightly based on individual student needs.)

The Measures of Academic Progress and Primary Measures of Academic Progress are computerized assessments designed to help educators differentiate instruction based on the individual learning needs of students. These assessments are dynamic, in that they will adapt to a child’s academic level during the course of the test. The MAP and P-MAP are individualized for each student, in order to provide a more specific measure of how each student is progressing in achieving the state and national curriculum standards.

The MAP and P-MAP will be administered twice during the school year. The first administration will occur in the Fall. The second administration will take place in the Spring, in order to measure student growth during the school year. The results of these assessments will be maintained over time, so that parents will be able to see a child’s individual academic growth through the years. This intuitive tool will help teachers make the best decisions regarding instructional and curriculum planning. Additional information regarding the Measures of Academic Progress can be accessed through the Parent Resource links found below.

The following chart indicates the grade levels which will be assessed, as well as the content areas to be assessed at each level.


District Assessment Dates

Primary Measures of Academic Progress (P-MAP) and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

* Specific dates for testing vary by grade level and classroom. Therefore, parents will receive notification from their child’s school, regarding specific dates for their child’s testing. The test dates will be scheduled within the testing windows indicated above.


State Assessment Dates

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) requires that ALL Grade 3-8 students in the State’s public school system participate in state-mandated assessments. The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) is a state-mandated assessment, designed by the NJDOE, to fulfill this requirement. The development, scoring, and scheduling of the NJASK is coordinated by the New Jersey Department of Education.

New Jersey ASK 3: Grade 3

New Jersey ASK 4: Grade 4

New Jersey ASK 5: Grade 5

New Jersey ASK 6: Grade 6

New Jersey ASK 7: Grade 7

New Jersey ASK 8: Grade 8


National Assessment Dates

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is administered to students across the nation to evaluate the academic progress of children across the country. Information from the NAEP is utilized in the development of the Nation’s Report Card, which can be accessed at Districts and schools are selected randomly by the United States Department of Education (USDE), to participate in the NAEP assessment.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Grade 8

Students participating in the NAEP will take ONE of the following assessments:

  • Civics, Geography, US History and Science;

  • Pilot Assessment in Science; or

  • Science Hands-On Tasks (HOT) Pilot Assessments.


Parent Resources

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