NJ ASK 2014: A Short Guide For Math Teachers

Math Teacher's Guide

Though the current iteration of the NJ ASK will not fully measure the Common Core State Standards in 2014, this “transitional” version of NJ ASK will be the bridge between the “old” assessment and the “next generation” PARCC assessment, which will be administered in the 2014-15 school year.
Last week, we looked at some of the changes between the 2013 and 2014 NJ ASK for English Language Arts – and while there are definite shifts and changes, the NJ Department of Education recognizes that these changes are of a more “subtle” nature (since many of the previously-tested skills will continue with the PARCC). Likewise, the 4th and 8th grade NJ ASK test for Science “will continue to measure the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and therefore will not change in any significant way.” However, for Mathematics, “the CCSS shifts are significant because new content will appear [in each] grade level.
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Google Apps for Education –

Today, the phrase “there’s an app for that” has never been truer. And with Google Apps for Education, the face of education is becoming more streamlined than ever. Simply put, Google Apps is a “package of online applications that makes communicating and collaborating at school easier and more efficient” (Elon University at: https://wiki.elon.edu/display/TECH/Google+Apps+for+Education).

But what does Google Apps for Education have to offer?

Schools who use Google Apps enjoy the following:

• The cloud:

Everything that the students and teachers do is saved to the cloud. This means that files, websites, etc. can be accessed at school and at home… Continue reading

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How to Help Your Child Succeed on the Standardized Tests

Success on the NJ ASKIt’s that time of the year again. Teachers are gearing up for testing, and students begin hearing the phrase “NJ ASK” on an almost daily basis as March and April roll around. As a parent, how can you help support the preparation your child receives in the classroom? Below are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Structure your routines at home to support test success.

    First, find out the test dates. Then, make every effort to structure your child’s environment in the upcoming weeks to support adequate sleep, a healthful diet, and stress reduction. When children are younger, you can make sure that your child goes to bed at a decent time. As children get older and become more independent, introduce quiet activities later in the evening, and encourage homework completion either after school or immediately following dinner. Strive to prepare nutritious meals and snacks (especially breakfast), as this can play an integral part in giving your child the mental acuity and energy he or she needs…

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    How Can Students Manage NJ ASK Stress

    How students can manage NJ ASK stress

    My daughter began flipping through one of my New Jersey ASK review workbooks. She asked, “When is the NJ ASK test?”

    When I told her the date, she moaned, “Oh, no! It’s almost here! I hate it!”

    Upon further questioning, I learned the root of her anxiety: “It’s so stressful, and it’s all the teachers talk about!”

    I began to wonder, as a parent and teacher, if other children find the test as stressful and anxiety-inducing as my daughter does. I found that I was not the only one who has noticed the growing phenomenon of standardized test anxiety. In fact, some researchers have identified a stress gene that may explain why some people experience more anxiety on standardized tests than others. In addition to scientific research, there are countless anecdotes from parents and teachers who have expressed feelings of frustration in how best to help their children relax before a high-stakes test. Continue reading

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