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New Salem - October 19, 2005

Counselor's Corner

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

New Salem Public Schools Achieved Adequate Yearly Progress!
Both Prairie View Elementary School and New Salem 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 New Salem who scored at or above the proficient performance level.

New Salem Public School
2004-2005 North Dakota Assessment Results

Percent of Students Proficient & Above

.............Reading ....................Mathematics

Grade ..ND .......New Salem ..ND ......New Salem

4 ..........76 ........72 ................80 .......87

8 ..........72 ........72 ................65 .......69

11 ........70 ........85 ................55 .......69

As you can see our 4th and 8th grade students from last year scored a little below or right at the state average in reading but both grades scored above the state average in mathematics. However, last years 11th grade students scored well above the state average on both the North Dakota Reading and the North Dakota Mathematics Assessments. 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 students do both work and college.

Prior to last year we always received 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 that prohibits 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 New Salem students scored compared to students in the rest of the nation in prior years, please contact either Mr. Gordon Davis, 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 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 Once there, click on “Other Links.” Then click on “School District Profiles in North Dakota.” This will let you select the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) profile results for any school district in North Dakota.

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

Have an excellent academic day!