By Lauren Snow, Educational Writer for Supreme Tutoring
The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge, commonly called the NJ ASK, is a standardized test given annually to New Jersey’s students in grades 3-8. The NJ ASK evaluates proficiency in multiple subject areas including Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. The 2013 NJ ASK tests will assess mastery of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which are the federally mandated standards all schools within the state are held to. The results of the assessment are used to evaluate how schools and their individual students are measuring up to these established standards.
A common misconception is that the NJ ASK test’s chief purpose is to assess schools and their districts, but the truth is that students should also take the test and preparation for it seriously. The results of the NJ ASK will stay on a student’s permanent academic record, and a poor performance will follow them throughout their time in the school system. Students who do poorly may find that their remaining school years are defined by how they did on these assessments, as they may be considered for remedial classes. On the other hand, students who do well may be eligible for higher level classes. The test will also compare each student’s skill proficiencies to others in their grade across the state and the nation.
Preparation or tutoring for standardized tests is great for every child whether it is for the SAT or for the NJ ASK. The NJ ASK tutoring programs teach children many critical test taking skills. Many younger students are unfamiliar with standardized tests, and even older students still feel a sense of unease and nervousness about test taking. These preparation courses offered in our communities will familiarize students with the specific types of questions they will encounter and will review all the subject areas on which they will be tested. They will also learn how to correctly analyze directions and how to approach answering difficult questions. Test taking skills such as these are useful throughout a student’s entire academic career, not just for the NJ ASK. Tutoring programs do not only prepare students with test taking skills, tips, and strategies to be successful on standardized tests, but they will also gain the confidence they need to do well. To reach new academic heights students do not just need the tools to be successful, they need to believe they can.
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