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New Salem - October 18, 2006

Counselor’s Corner

Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
New Salem High School

North Dakota State Assessments
The North Dakota Reading and North Dakota Mathematics Assessments will be administered next week beginning October 23, 2006. Students will be assessed in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11. Those high school students who attend the National FFA Convention will make up the assessments the following week.

In order for students to do their best on this important assessment, I hope that parents help them to be sure to get to bed on time, and eat a good breakfast. I know this helps the students to have the energy to keep doing their best on the tests.

The North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) is very important for our students and our school district. Student achievement on the NDSA determines New Salem Public Schools Adequate Yearly Progress according to the No Child Left Behind Act. So far, New Salem Public Schools have always made Adequate Yearly Progress. I hope we continue to do so.

There are two significant changes this year over last year’s NDSA. First, the results of all students in grades 3-8, and 11 will be included in determining Adequate Yearly Progress. Second, the North Dakota Science Assessment will be administered to students in grades 4, 8, and 11. However, the science assessment results will not contribute to the determination of Adequate Yearly Progress for this year.

Lets do our best on the test!

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.”

Keep in mind that the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction no longer provides norm-referenced results. As a result of this we will not receive national percentile ranks that are required for Home Education students. However, your son or daughter can still participate in the North Dakota State Assessments.

If you have a son or daughter who is being home educated in these grades and would like them to take the North Dakota State Assessments, please contact Mr. Gordon Davis, Superintendent, or Dr. Gaylynn Becker, district testing coordinator. The North Dakota State Assessments must be administered and returned to me by Wednesday November 7, 2006 so that I can package them and return them to CTB McGraw-Hill for scoring along with the school’s test documents.

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

Best of luck on the North Dakota State Assessments!