The 2014 NJASK…

Dear HTS Community:

Earlier this spring, HTS students in grades 3-8 completed their state standardized tests – the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK). Though individual student reports will not be returned to districts until mid-September, we are proud to announce that our results are very strong. We will present the full results at the October 6 Board of Education meeting but, in the interim, here are some highlights:

  • Increased percentage of students scoring advanced proficient (250-300) in:
    • Grade 3 English Language Arts (ELA) +1.9%
    • Grade 3 Math +7.1%
    • Grade 4 ELA +8.6%
    • Grade 4 Math +28.6%
    • Grade 4 Science +1.2%
    • Grade 5 ELA +21.6%
    • Grade 5 Math +23.6%
    • Grade 6 ELA +9.5%
    • Grade 6 Math +4.1%
    • Grade 7 ELA +17.6%
    • Grade 8 ELA +1.8%
  • Decreased percentage of students scoring partially proficient (100-199) in:
    • Grade 3 ELA -3.1%
    • Grade 4 ELA -17.2%
    • Grade 5 ELA -7.8%
    • Grade 5 Math -9.3%
    • Grade 6 ELA -3.4%
    • Grade 6 Math -4.5%
    • Grade 7 ELA -2.9%
    • Grade 8 Math – 12.1%
    • Grade 8 Science -7.5%

The above numbers reflect “same grade” comparisons. In essence, a different cohort of children. In addition to this overwhelmingly positive data, we also have “same cohort” analysis which compares the same groups of students from year to year. Some highlights of this cohort analysis can be found below:

  • Grade 3 (2013) to Grade 4 (2014)
    • Increase in advanced proficient in ELA +10.8%
    • Increase in advanced proficient in Math +17.3%
    • Decrease in partially proficient in ELA -7.5%
  • Grade 4 (2013) to Grade 5 (2014)
    • Increase in advanced proficient in ELA +9.1%
    • Increase in advanced proficient in Math +25.1%
    • Decrease in partially proficient in ELA -8.8%
    • Decrease in partially proficient in Math -9.8%
  • Grade 5 (2013) to Grade 6 (2014)
    • Increase in advanced proficient in ELA +12.0%
    • Decrease in partially proficient in ELA -12.0%
  • Grade 6 (2013) to Grade 7 (2014)
    • Increase in advanced proficient in ELA +24.0%
  • Grade 7 (2013) to Grade 8 (2014)
    • Increase in advanced proficient in ELA +7.2%
    • Increase in advanced proficient in Math +4.3%
    • Decrease in partially proficient in ELA -10.6%
    • Decrease in partially proficient in Math -4.7%

Lastly, we also enjoyed a continued rise in the number of students scoring “Perfect 300” on their exams.

  • Number of “Perfect 300” scores in math
    • 2012 = 0
    • 2013 = 14
    • 2014 = 31
  • Number of “Perfect 300” scores in science
    • 2012 = 3
    • 2013 = 6
    • 2014 = 10

Congratulations to the entire HTS community.

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone

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