NJASK score results are shared with parents in late September. Teachers are able to see the score reports before they are sent home, and I've spent time looking at the results for students currently in grades 4, 5 (my current students) and grade 6 (my students when they took the test).
Scores on the Language Arts part of the NJASK are broken down into 4 parts. There are 2 Writing sections: writing in an informative/explanatory style and writing a narrative. There are 2 Reading sections: reading literature and reading informational text. For more information about the kinds of skills being measured by each part of the test, please click on this powerpoint, borrowed from Freehold Schools. Pages 3-19 deal specifically with the Language Arts part of the NJASK.
One of my undergrad majors at Bucknell was in Sociology- the study of people, how they interact and form societies- and doing this through research and data collection. This might be why I was so interested in spending some extra time analyzing these reports to see if I could glean valuable information about what my current students need. I looked at each individual student's report in each section to find strengths and weaknesses, and also compared each student's score to his/her classmates' progress to find any whole-group strengths or weaknesses. The state of NJ recently released more information comparing my classes' scores with other schools in New Jersey, as well. In Language Arts, Math, and Science, the students in Mrs. Wisliceny's and my classes scored, on average, not only a great deal higher than the state average but also higher than other schools in our District Factor Group.
After you have reviewed your child's report, if you would like to discuss them, please don't hesitate to call me if you think I might have additional insight about the results. NJASK results can be addressed during Parent/Teacher Conferences in November, but that meeting is usually devoted more to your child's progress in class.