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New Jersey State Assessments


PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) is the assessment given in Grades 3-11 to determine student proficiency of the grade level or content skills expectations detailed in the Common Core State Standards. The PARCC assessments replace the previous state standardized tests for English, language arts and Mathematics. The baseline year for these assessments was 2015 and therefore, results are not currently used for any placement decisions. However, as part of the State graduation requirements for the classes of 2016-2019 all students must pass the PARCC assessments or achieve a comparable score in an alternate assessment as determined by the Department of Education.

PARCC Website

NJASK Science

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) Science: This assessment given in Grades 4 and 8 measures students' ability to recall information and to solve problems by applying science concepts. The Science test assesses knowledge and application skills in three clusters; Life (40%), Earth (30%) and Physical (30%) science. Each cluster contains multiple-choice items and constructed-response items. With the adoption in 2014 of the Next Generation Science Standards it is expected that new assessments for science will be developed for 2018.

New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT)

The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is a state test given to students to measure whether they have gained the knowledge and skills identified in the Biology section of the Science Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS). This test is currently administered as an end of year assessment to all New Jersey public high school students, regardless of grade level, who are enrolled in a Biology course or content equivalent.

District Assessments


Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is administered in Grade 3 to all students.

This test appraises the level and pattern of cognitive development in students, and measures both the general and specific ability to acquire knowledge verbally, quantitatively, and non-verbally. This is not an intelligence test. It is intended to estimate students' reasoning and problem solving abilities. It is used as one indicator for placement in the Math Abilities Program (MAP), and as one of multiple indicators when considering the development of an Individual Academic Plan to meet specific student learning needs.

About the CogAT


The PSAT is designed to measure the ability to understand and process elements of reading, writing, and mathematics. Students take the PSAT in October of their sophomore and junior year at Summit High School. The PSAT is one assessment that can be utilized for students in the class of 2018, 2019 and 2020 to meet New Jersey state graduation requirements. It is also used to determine National Merit scholarship eligibility and to help prepare students for the SAT.

Read more about the PSAT at the link below: