Clementon School District

New Jersey  PASS Test

New Jersey PASS TEST Grades 1 and 2  

GRADE LEVELS

TEST DATES       

Grade  1 & 2

May 20 - 22

What does “NJPASS” stand for?

  • New Jersey Proficiency Assessment of State Standards

What type of assessment is the NJPASS?

  • Criterion-referenced with multiple test item formats – multiple choice and open-ended writing tasks, and revise and edit tasks.

What does the NJPASS measure?

  • Student mastery toward meeting the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

What content areas does the NJPASS test?

  • Language Arts and Mathematics

Why should administrators test students with the NJPASS?

  • To assess how students are progressing toward meeting the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards by which they will be measure on the NJASK.

How does the NJPASS help teachers?

  • Identifies student strengths and weaknesses in language arts and mathematics so that teachers can make classroom instruction more effective

How does the NJPASS help students?

  • Gives an authentic testing experience with test content that is developmentally appropriate and closely aligned to the New Jersey Core Curriculum and Content Standards

LANGUAGE ARTS

What do the language arts assessments measure?

  • Student mastery toward meeting the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Language Arts Literacy
  • Student abilities in reading, writing, and listening (listening only measure in grades 1 & 2)
  • Working with the Passage – Students demonstrate the ability to apply the particular reading skills associated with comprehending and passage, such as recognizing the main idea, supporting details, and organization of text; paraphrasing meaning; and getting information
  • Analyzing the Passage – Students demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate the passage using skills such as asking question, predicting meaning, developing opinions, drawing conclusions, and interpreting conventions of print
  • Writing – Content, Development, and Language Conventions – Students demonstrate the ability to respond to specific writing tasks by writing a story or persuasive letter or essay. They also demonstrate the ability to revise and edit a passage.

What kind of assessment activities are students engaged in for the language arts sessions?

  • Responding to a writing prompt based on a picture
  • Responding to a writing prompt based on a poem
  • Listening to a passage and answering questions about what they have heard
  • Answering questions (multiple-choice and open-ended) about what they have read

What kinds of passages appear on the language arts tests?

  • All passages are taken from previously published literature
  • Fiction, non-fiction, essays, poetry – representing a variety of literacy forms
  • Passages reflecting high quality, multicultural and gender diversity, grade-level appropriateness, and interest for students in New Jersey

MATHEMATICS

What do the Mathematics assessments measure?

  • Student mastery toward meeting the New Jersey Content Standards for Mathematics
  • “Skills” form the framework for measuring student progress in meeting the content Standards: Number Sense, Operations, and Properties; Measurement; Spatial Sense and Geometry; Data Analysis, Probability, and Discrete Mathematics; patterns and Algebra

What kind of assessment activities are students engaged in for the Mathematics sessions?

  • Open-ended questions require students to demonstrate their knowledge of grade-level Mathematics content through questions that ask them to show their work or explain their reasoning
  • Students are asked to communicate mathematically, by creating graphs or showing multi-step solutions

 

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