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Assessment Parental Directive, Calendar, Info., etc. 2018-2019

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/.