School leaders in NJ have just received access to more complete NJ ASK results for their students, and no doubt many are trying to make sense of this information. It’s a bit of a Good-News-Bad-News-Good-News scenario. The Good News is that the Excel spreadsheet that the State provides contains all of the student data you need. The Bad News is that the State does not provide quite enough information on how to analyze the data. For example, they don’t break down the “Analyzing Text” points into “Multiple Choice” and “Open-Ended Response” points, nor do they provide Just Proficient Mean scores for these sub-categories. The Good News is that with some Algebra and a bit of grit, I’ve figured out roughly what those values are. They may not be exact, but I believe they’re close enough to be useful.
So, let’s get started on this analysis. The most important document to download from Measurement Inc. is the Excel file with all of the data in it. (But don’t forget, you should download EVERYTHING while you can, because after Dec. 31, 2012, you’ll lose access to your school’s files.)
Then, go to the TLC “Analyzing NJ ASK Results” page and check out the “NEWER FREE SAMPLE,” which shows a sample 3rd grade cohort’s score analysis.
You should also download the “NJ ASK 3-8 ELA Headings, 2011-2012” file to see the replacement headings you’ll need to perform this analysis on grades 4-8. This file gives you the point values and Just Proficient Mean scores for every category, not just the isolated few that NJ DOE provides. The TLC “Analyzing NJ ASK Results” page explains how to use this file to identify students in need of particular interventions and support.
If you have any questions about how to use these tools, please Email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org