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Hebron - October 13, 2004

Counselor’s Corner
By
Dr. Gaylynn Becker
Career Counselor
Hebron & New Salem High Schools

North Dakota State Assessment Update

North Dakota State Assessments
The North Dakota Reading and North Dakota Mathematics Assessments will be administered to students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11 beginning this year. The testing window in North Dakota is from October 25 – November 12, 2004.

Please have students come to school on October 25th and 26th well rested and prepared to do their best on the North Dakota Reading and Mathematics Assessments. Of course a good breakfast is also a must. It is important that our students do their best in order for Hebron Public Schools to maintain adequate yearly progress according to the No Child Left Behind Act. This year the percent needed to be proficient or above on the North Dakota Reading and Mathematics Assessments has increased over the requirements of last year. This percentage will continue to increase until the 2013-2014 school year in which 100% of our students will need to score at the proficient level.

If you would like to see additional changes to this Year’s North Dakota State Assessment, please see my September 8, 2004 article.

North Dakota State Assessment Test Interpretation
In response to feedback from my Test Interpretation presentation to the Hebron Public School Board, I will conduct a Test Interpretation session in Mr. Al Feist’s English Room from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. during Parent Teacher Conference on Monday, October 25th. This session is particularly for parents whose son or daughter took the North Dakota State Assessment last year or if they are in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 11 this year. Each student who took the North Dakota State Assessments received a total of 4 pages of assessment results. I will explain all of the test scores on these reports. I will also review the concepts the state assessments are assessing.

If you have test reports for your children, please bring the test report. If you have no test report but would like to know what the scores mean and how to interpret the results, I will provide a sample copy so that you can follow along and have a better understanding when your son or daughter’s report is returned to the school either next spring or next fall.

I will also provide a handout that includes Hebron Public School achievement compared to North Dakota student achievement. In addition, I will also have information comparing North Dakota student achievement compared to the student achievement of various other countries that participated in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
This presentation is for any member of the New Salem community and will be held in the Mr. Al Feist’s English Room. Thanks Mr. George Ding, Mr. Steven Maershbecker, Mrs. Chris Nelson, and all of the Hebron Public School staff for their support in carrying out this assessment process.

Home Education Students
North Dakota Century Code (state law) 15.1-23-09 requires that “while in grades four, six, eight, and ten, each child receiving home education shall take a standardized achievement test used by the school district in which the child resided or, if requested by the parent, shall take a nationally normed standardized achievement test. The child shall take the test in the child’s learning environment or, if requested by the child’s parent, in a public school.”

If you have a son or daughter who is being home educated in these grades and would like them to take the North Dakota Reading and North Dakota Mathematics Assessments, please contact Mr. George Ding, Superintendent, or me to make sure we have test materials for your son or daughter. We also need to make arrangements for having your son or daughter assessed. The assessment can be administered anytime during this testing window. However, testing must be completed and returned to me by Wednesday November 12, 2004 so that I can package them and return them to CTB McGraw-Hill for scoring along with all the school’s test documents.

If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at either Hebron High School at 878-4442, at New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Best of luck on the North Dakota State Assessments!