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Mrs. Regina Haley – Vice Principal Dr. Lana Garris-Sha – Guidance Head Cluster Mrs. Rose Capitano – Special Education Head Cluster Mr. Ryan Winkelspecht – Math Head Cluster Ms. Laura Stegmuller – Language Arts Head Cluster Mrs. Diane Zamensky – Science Head Cluster.

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nj ask 2012 parent workshop

Mrs. Regina Haley – Vice Principal

Dr. Lana Garris-Sha – Guidance Head Cluster

Mrs. Rose Capitano – Special Education Head Cluster

Mr. Ryan Winkelspecht – Math Head Cluster

Ms. Laura Stegmuller – Language Arts Head Cluster

Mrs. Diane Zamensky – Science Head Cluster

NJ ASK 2012 Parent Workshop


7th & 8th – April 23rd – 26th

Make up- April 30th – May 4th

6th– April 30th – May 3rd

Make up- May 7th – May 11th, 2012

why do students take the nj ask

Gives feedback on students’ strengths and weaknesses.

  • Tests the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJ CCCS).
  • Identifies strengths and weakness in school programs.
  • Evaluates how a student will do on the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) -11th grade graduation test.
Why do students take the NJ ASK?
who is tested

General Education

  • Limited English Proficient (LEP) students
  • Special Education (SE) students: (IEP accommodations, such as large print)
  • Section 504: accommodations based on students’ needs.
Who is tested?
iep 504 accommodations

As a parent,

Review your child’s accommodations for state assessments.

Talk to your child about the accommodations and explain the importance of taking advantage of them.

Answer questions your child may have about his/her accommodations. Contact your child’s case manager or 504 coordinator with any questions.

IEP/504 Accommodations

how to prepare

Support your child in all academic work.

  • Help find your child an appropriate time and quiet place to do homework.
  • Provide a well-balanced diet and an opportunity for plenty of sleep.
  • Read to each other and engage in learning activities throughout the year.
  • Set realistic goals for the academic year.
  • Work closely with the school and the teachers.
How to prepare…
math nj ask tips

Read the problem carefully.

  • Draw a picture or diagram.
  • Look for a pattern.
  • Write a number sentence.
  • Simplify the problem.
  • Make a list or table.
  • Check your answers to see if they are reasonable.
  • Know your math terms and definitions.
Math NJ Ask Tips
sample questions short constructed response multiple choice extended constructed response

1) What is the result when you multiply the Short-Constructed Response

numbers below?

10-2×101× 10-3

2) Jill's lawnmower uses about 2 gallons of Multiple Choice

gasoline in three hours. About how

much gasoline is used in 2 hours?

A. 1

B. 1

C. 1

D. 1

Sample QuestionsShort-Constructed Response, Multiple Choice, & Extended Constructed Response
extended constructed response

A traffic light on a busy north-south

street is programmed according to

this pattern: green for 4 minutes

followed by red for 2 minutes.

Mr. Gomez goes through this

intersection on his way to and from

work every day. Last week, he kept a

record of the number of times the

light was green (G) as he approached

the intersection and the number of

times he had to stop because the

light was red (R). His record is shown



Part A

What is the theoretical probability that

the light will be green each

time Mr. Gomez approaches the


Part B

Does the number of times Mr. Gomez got

a green light match what you would

expect for the way the light

is programmed? Explain your reasoning.

Extended-Constructed Response
math nj ask resource

The Study Island New Jersey Standards Mastery and NJ ASK Preparation Programs are specifically designed to help students master the content specified in the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. Study Island's focus on the NJ CCCS enables students to improve their performance in all skill areas tested on the NJ ASK .

  • Take the following steps to complete the login process into Study Island:
  • Go to www.studyisland.com
  • Username = ID#@btms (example: 20106@btms)
  • Password = btfalcons
    • Upon 1st login, you will be prompted to choose a new password. Please pick a password you will remember or you may keep it btfalcons. You do not need to enter your email address when typing in and conforming new password.
  • Any class assignments will be the first item you see upon login. To access other topics, click on NJ Programs on the left hand side of the screen. Then proceed to click respective grade to access grade level topics.
  • You will earn a blue ribbon for a specific topic if you are able to achieve a 70% or better. If you do not, you will have to complete and pass a “building block” topic before going back to the original.
Math NJ Ask Resource:
language arts new jersey ask tasks
Speculative Writing Prompt:
    • In thirty minutes, students are to develop a story based upon a speculative prompt.
  • Narrative/Persuasive Text:
    • Students are to read narrative and persuasive texts and answer multiple-choice questions.
Language ArtsNew Jersey ASK Tasks
la new jersey ask tasks
Open-Ended Questions:
    • Students answer one or two questions about the text in paragraph form.
  • Persuasive Writing:
    • In forty-five minutes, students write on a persuasive topic using a five-paragraph essay format.
LA New Jersey ASK Tasks
nj ask sample persuasive writing prompt

Your principal is asking students to think about all the school rules. She would like students to identify any school rule that should be changed. Is there a school rule that you would like to have changed? Identify the school rule and write a letter to the principal persuading her that this rule should be changed.

  • Writing Task: Write a letter to your principal stating your opinion on a school rule that should be changed. Be sure to use reasons, examples, and other evident to support your position.
NJ ASK Sample Persuasive Writing Prompt
njask 8 th grade science test taking tips

Tip 1—Read each question carefully

Tip 2—Take a close look at any visual information.

Tip 3—Use your understanding of science to eliminate wrong choices.

Tip 4—Answer every question, even if you have to guess.

Tip 5—Carefully examine the diagrams and graphs that are given.

NJASK 8th Grade Science Test Taking Tips
science sample multiple choice

Amanda is not sick, but she is the carrier of a disease allele. What is another way to describe her condition?

a. Homozygous dominant for the disease gene.

b. Heterozygous for the disease gene. c. Recessive for the disease gene

d. Homozygous recessive for the disease gene.

The answer is “B.” (Dd)

Science Sample Multiple Choice
sample essay for 8 th grade science

In your area of New Jersey, how do abiotic factors change as the seasons change from summer to winter.


As the seasons move from summer to winter, New Jersey gets fewer hours of daylight, the amount of cloud cover per day tends to increase and the average temperatures drop.

Sample Essay for 8th Grade Science

Additional sample questions can be found at


what happens when there is an emergency situation

Evacuation procedure – safety of the student comes first, students will close their test books and exit the room. Return & resume testing with the same amount of time.

  • If a student is sick during testing, the student will be escorted to the nurse. The student will complete the sections during make-up week.
  • Student is disruptive or attempts to cheat – Student will be escorted to the Main Office. Student will not return to the testing room that day. Student will not receive credit for that section.
What happens when there is an emergency situation?