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Hebron - October 19, 2005

Counselor's Corner


By
Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
Hebron & New Salem High Schools

Hebron Public Schools Achieved Adequate Yearly Progress!
Both Hebron Elementary School and Hebron High School met Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind Act. That is both schools had high enough percentages of students who scored in the proficient and advanced performance levels.

Below are the percentages of students who scored at or above the proficient level. The table includes both the percent of students statewide who scored at or above the proficient level of performance as well as the percent of students in grades 4, 8, and 11 at Hebron Public Schools who scored at or above the proficient performance level.

Hebron Public Schools 2004-2005 North Dakota Assessment Results

..............Percent of Students Proficient & Above
............. Reading ............. Mathematics

Grade....ND ...Hebron ........ND ....Hebron


4 ..........76 .....78 ................80 .....77

8 ..........72 .....72 ................65 ....86

11 ........70 .....86 ................55 ....72

As you can see our last year's 4th grade students at Hebron scored a little higher than the state average in Reading and a little below the state average in Mathematics. Hebron's 8th graders scored right at the state average in Reading but scored way above the state average in Mathematics. Yes! Last year's juniors scored significantly higher than the state average in both Reading and Mathematics. Overall, last year Hebron's students did very well on the North Dakota State Assessment. Way to go students!

Parents, thanks for your efforts in seeing that students complete their homework, come to school ready to learn, and do well in school. And teachers, thanks for your tireless efforts at teaching our students the concepts that not only prepare them for the North Dakota State Assessment but also for helping prepare them for life after high school whether they attend a 1 year, a 2 year, a 4 year college program, or go directly into the work force! Of course, many student do both work and college.

Prior to last year the North Dakota State Assessment Program always provided national percentile ranks that enabled us to compare our students and our school to the nation. However, a year ago the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction changed the tests and placed an embargo on schools prohibiting schools from ordering optional norm-referenced reports. National percentile ranks are one type of score that appears on norm-referenced reports.

If you would like to know how Hebron students scored in prior years compared to students in the rest of the nation, please contact either Mr. George Ding, Superintendent or me.

Last year North Dakota assessed all students in grades 3-8 and grade 11. However, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction only used the results of grades 4, 8, and 11 in determining Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). If you are interested in how Hebron students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 performed, please contact me.

If you would like to see “Adequate Yearly Progress” reports for any school in North Dakota, you can access this by going to my “Career Planning” web site at http://www.cplanning.org. Once there, click on “Other Links.” Then click on “School District Profiles in North Dakota.” This will let you select any North Dakota school district's profile results and see how students performed on the North Dakota State Assessment Program as well as whether or not the school made “Adequate Yearly Progress.”

For more information on career information and links, please see my Career Planning website at http://www.cplanning.org. If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at Hebron High School at 878-4442, at New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!