New Jersey Proficiency Assessment of State Standards

Features
Content Information
Administration
  • The New Jersey Proficiency Assessment of State Standards (NJPASS) was developed specifically for New Jersey and was designed to measure the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. This assessment was based on the state-released test specifications for the Elementary School Proficiency Assessment (ESPA) and the Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment (GEPA.)

    NJPASS assesses proficiency in a variety of content areas in both language arts and mathematics. Detailed score reports are provided to help target students' strengths and weaknesses, allowing teachers to effectively tailor classroom instruction.

    Scoring services are available for the NJPASS and now include barcode label options. 

  • Language Arts

    Grades 1, 2, and 3

    At these grade levels, students respond to a writing prompt based on a picture, listen to a passage, and answer questions about what they have heard. Students also read several passages and answer questions about what they have read. (Grade 1 students follow along as the teacher reads several passages. The students read one passage independently.) Students also respond to a writing prompt based on a poem.

    Grades 9–11

    At the high school grades, language arts focuses on reading and writing skills. Reading skills are assessed in the context of text analysis and working with text, using both multiple-choice and constructed-response items. The reading passages are of two genres: narrative (literacy) and persuasive (informative). Writing skills are assessed through two essay writing tasks and one revision/editing exercise consisting of a text prompt.

    Assessment Activities

    The language arts NJPASS consists of a variety of assessment activities that measure skills pertaining to working with a passage and analyzing a passage.

    Reading

    Working with the Passage includes comprehending the passage (such as recognizing the main idea and supporting details), getting information, paraphrasing meaning, and recognizing organization of text and purpose of reading.

    Analyzing the Passage includes analyzing and evaluating the passage by using such skills as asking questions, predicting meaning, developing opinions, drawing conclusions, and interpreting conventions of print.

    Listening (Grades 1, 2, and 3 only)

    Working with the Passage includes applying listening skills associated with passage comprehension, such as recognizing the main idea and supporting details, getting information, paraphrasing meaning, and recognizing organization of text and purpose for reading.

    Analyzing the Passage includes analyzing and evaluating the passage by using such skills as asking questions, predicting meaning, developing opinions, drawing conclusions, and interpreting conventions of print.

    Writing

    Students' writing at all grades is evaluated based on content, development, and language conventions.

    Mathematics

    The Mathematics NJPASS consists of multiple-choice and open-ended questions that reflect real-world applications.

    Grades 1, 2, and 3

    Number Sense, Operations, and Properties

    Students demonstrate an understanding of number sense, operations, and properties through comparing and performing operations on numbers.

    Measurement

    Students demonstrate the ability to describe and compare the measurable attributes of objects using the metric and customary systems of measurement.

    Spatial Sense and Geometry

    Students demonstrate spatial sense and geometry by investigating symmetry, perimeter, and common properties.

    Data Analysis, Probability, and Discrete Mathematics

    Students demonstrate the ability to determine the probability of events and to analyze and interpret data.

    Patterns and Algebra

    Students demonstrate the ability to recognize and generalize a variety of patterns and relationships, including those with numbers and shapes.

    Grades 9–11

    Mathematics focuses on four separate content clusters. Skills from each cluster are assessed through a combination of multiple-choice and constructed-response items.
    • Number sense, concepts, and applications
    • Spatial sense and geometry
    • Data analysis, probability, statistics, and discrete mathematics
    • Patterns, functions, and algebra

    Correlations

    Download NJPASS Correlations (1.1 MB)

  • Administration Options

    NJPASS is administered in a paper-pencil format with additional scoring services.

    Scoring and Reporting

    Central Scoring, Basic Service

    • Student list report
    • Class averages
    • Building averages
    • District averages
    • Item response record
    • Student label

    Central Scoring, Optional Services

    • Individual performance profile
    • Group performance profile (by class, building, and district)
    • Ranked list (by class, building, or district)
    • District list building averages
    • Frequency distribution (by building and district)
    • Data (on CD-ROM)
    • Barcode labels

    Barcode labels are now included in the NJPASS Basic Scoring Service. Barcode labels for high school now include a second field for a second teacher’s name.

    Please direct all inquiries to HMH Customer Experience or call 800.323.9540. You can also contact your New Jersey Assessment Account Executive

    Reports

    Sample reports are available. Contact HMH Customer Experience at 800.323.9540 or contact your New Jersey Assessment Account Executive for more information.

    Training

    No additional training is needed to use the NJPASS assessment in your school or district.