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Assessment Calendar

Assessment Calendar 2017-2018

Assessment Calendar 2016-2017

NDSA Testing Spring 2016.xlsx

 

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Assessment Calendar 2016-2017.docx

 

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) also known as the Nation's Report Card will be given February 17th to Lakota Public School 8th Graders. 

 

NAEP 2017 PARENT/GUARDIAN NOTIFICATION LETTER

Mathematics and reading assessments

 Lakota Public School

 

 

Dear Parent or Guardian:

 

Lakota Public School 8th Graders will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on Friday, February 17, 2017. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

 

Your 8th grade child will take a mathematics or reading assessment. The assessment also asks students questions about their daily routine and their educational experiences. For example, students are asked if there is a computer at home and about the amount of reading they do. Student responses are anonymous, and they provide context and meaning to the assessment results. Please visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/booklets.asp to review sample questions.

 

The assessment takes about 90 to 120 minutes for most students. The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347).

 

The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

  • Your child’s grades will not be affected.
  • Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.
  • While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by January 17, 2017.

 

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/parents/2012469.pdf. Contact (Faye Brosy Nelson) at (701-247-2992) or at (Faye.Nelson@k12.nd.us) if you have any questions.

 

We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that Lakota Public School’s students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.

North Dakota State Assessment State Testing High School Schedule

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

Your child will be participating in state assessments and various other assessments throughout the school year.  

 

Why are these tests important?

This test was created with teacher input to…

  • Measure how well your child has mastered the skills and content in math and English language arts at his or her grade level
  • Align with the instruction that takes place in the classroom everyday
  • Match the learning goals of each grade level

 

What makes this test better?

The tests focuses on real world skills, including critical thinking, writing, and problem solving.

 

The test has different kinds of questions, including traditional multiple-choice questions as well as ones that require students to explain their answers, show their work, and compose essays. 

 

What should I expect after my student takes the test?

As you may remember from last year’s score report, each subject will be broken down into categories of skills to show where a student is doing well or needs some extra help. Depending on the student’s needs, teachers can use this information to provide targeted help or new challenges.

 

But remember, the results from this test aren’t meant to tell the whole story. Your child’s scores are meant to be one of several ways for you and your child’s teacher to see how your student is progressing in school. Test scores will be used with your child’s teacher’s observations of in-class performance, and report card grades, to form a complete picture of your child’s achievement.   

In Lakota Public School, our goal is for all students to achieve their full potential. The tests are just one way that we are able to better understand if we are meeting that goal. Thank you for all you do to partner with us in your child’s education. 

 

 

Parent Checklist –

 

Throughout their academic career, all students will take standardized tests, including an annual
state test to measure how well they are progressing in the skills and content at each grade level.
Tests can open doors to many great opportunities in life, including college, scholarships and professional careers. Here are some resources to help you better understand what your child is learning and some simple things you can do at home to help him or her to prepare for the standardized tests.

 

  • FIND OUT THE FACTS. To start, students will take the test as listed about in the test schedules.  Students will usually take the English language arts and math tests on different days. Because the test includes questions that measure critical thinking and problem solving they do take longer than “fill in the bubble” tests given on paper. However, the tests are untimed, so students will have plenty of time to finish.

     

  • TAKE A LOOK AT THE PRACTICE TEST. This will help you better understand the types of questions your child will be answering. You may want to walk through the test with your child to help familiarize him or her with the test format and features and answer any questions.

 

  • KNOW WHAT YOUR CHILD SHOULD BE LEARNING.

 

  • USE YOUR CHILD’S TEST RESULTS FROM LAST YEAR TO IDENTIFY AREAS WHERE HE OR SHE MIGHT NEED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT. Talk with your child’s teachers to see what types of supplemental activities you can do at home. Find activities that match your child’s performance in both subjects in the Be a Learning Hero Skill Builder at http://bealearninghero.org/skill-builder.

 

PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! Homework is a great way to reinforce the skills and content your child learns everyday in the classroom and that the test measures. In addition to the state test, it is another measure you can use to see how well your child is progressing throughout the year. To get homework help in both subjects, visit https://homeworkhelpdesk.org/.