A Summary of Core Test Design and Administrative Features for Grades 3-8 conducted by the New Jersey Department of Education through the Division of Academics and Office of Assessments on September 2012 continues on to state quote “Introduction. The 2013 NJ ASK* will measure the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) within the current NJ ASK blueprint. The NJ ASK assessments are called ¡§transitional¡¨ because we will not be able to measure the full range of the CCSS until the next generation assessments are developed and administered. New Jersey is a Governing state in The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is currently developing the next generation assessments to be administered in Spring 2015. |
The NJ ASK math grades 6 through 8 will transition to the Common Core State Standards in 2013-2014. The Office of Assessments has been working on the transition to the CCSS for the past two years. The office methodically reviewed standards, reviewed our item bank and field-tested items to ensure a smooth transition. Methodology. NJ ASK transition to the CCSS included: An alignment study between New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS) and CCSS. A review of items aligned to NJCCCS and CCSS to determine if the items had the rigor and depth associated with the CCSS. Field-tested CCSS items on the 2012 NJ ASK to increase our CCSS item pool for 2013 operational assessment. Alignment Study. Conducted an alignment study to determine which NJCCCS standards were aligned to the CCSS. Items aligned to CCSS were re-coded in our item bank as possible items for use on future assessments.
Items aligned only to NJCCCS will no longer be used. Item Review to CCSS. The next critical step was to have New Jersey¡¦s item review committees review the items aligned to the NJCCCS and CCSS to determine if items had the depth and rigor associated with the CCSS. Items determined to have the depth and rigor associated with the CCSS were re-coded to be used on future assessments. Items without that depth and rigor will not be used. Field-Tested Items. Items that measure the CCSS were developed. CCSS items were field-tested on the 2012 NJ ASK assessment. Field-tested items in 2012 ensured that the 2013 NJ ASK would measure the CCSS within the NJ ASK blueprint. Note: Field-test items did not count towards students scores” end quote.
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