For Release: May 1, 2003
HSPA Results Show Significant Improvement by Graduating Seniors
The Department of Education announced that the results of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) administered in 2002 shows a significant gain in performance by the same students over a three-year period.
This is the first time that the department is able to track the performance by the same students on comparable standards-based tests and it shows significant improvements on two core curriculums," said Education Commissioner William L. Librera.
As I read the results, I see improvements not only from partially proficient to proficient, but also improvement to advanced proficient," said Dr. Librera. "The schools took this cohort's GEPA results and used them to successfully refocus classroom instruction."
The comparison of the results of the Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment administered in 1999 to last year's HSPA - which was taken by this year's graduating high school seniors - show:
These test results show that our students are learning," Commissioner Librera said. "Congratulations are due to this year's high school graduating class for their significant improvements between their eighth grade and eleventh grade tests."
If you have based your learning experience on what students should know and be able to do, as New Jersey does with its Core Curriculum Content Standards, then you need to be able to check them on those criteria statewide," said Richard Ten Eyck, assistant commissioner for Educational Programs and Assessment. "The value of these test results side by side is that they enable you to see a reliable and significant improvement in many categories."
The Department released a chart comparing the HSPA 02 and GEPA 99 results that highlight the significant results for different student segments:
General Education students:
Special Education students
Limited English Proficient students