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New Salem - October 20, 2009

Career Corner

Mrs. Linda Becker
National Certified Counselor
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
New Salem-Almont High School
Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor

Becker’s Top 5 List

New Salem – Almont students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11 will write the North Dakota State Assessments (NDSA) beginning October 27, 2009. Why is this newsworthy? It is worth writing about because it is a set of assessments measuring academic achievement in reading / language arts, math and science. Students will be taking these tests all across the state of North Dakota. It is a measure of academic achievement, which the state uses to determine if a school has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

School staff and parents are interested in helping children learn and achieve in school; education is well supported in this community and many others around the state of North Dakota. What can parents do to help their children do well on the NDSA? These are the top 5 things parents can do to help:

5. Practice reading at home with younger children all year.
4. Be positive about learning and help your children with homework all year.
3. Continue to have a positive and supportive attitude towards school.
2. Serve a nutritious breakfast to your children especially during the week of October 26th
1. Make sure children get plenty of sleep during testing week.

Attention: Parents of High School juniors!
Parents of High School juniors, your tax dollars will be at work during the month of April! The North Dakota legislature passed HB 1400 during this past session; included in the bill is a section, which requires each student in grade 11 to take either the ACT or WorkKeys test. The ACT and the WorkKeys tests will be offered at New Salem – Almont High School on April 28, 2010. The students must decide by October 28, which test to take, with input from parents, of course. Mrs. Becker will be visiting the juniors in class to ask which test they want to take in April. There will be no cost to students to write the Act or the WorkKeys tests.

Students and parents are likely wondering what the differences are between the ACT and the WorkKeys tests. One test is not necessarily easier than the other; they are different tests with a different focus and a different purpose. The WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system measuring skills that employers believe are critical to job success. There are 3 WorkKeys assessments: Locating Information, Reading for Information, and Applied Mathematics. Go to for more information. The WorkKeys assessments will not take the place of the ACT for college admission.

The ACT test is the most widely accepted college entrance exam. An ACT (or SAT) score is required for admission to any 2 or 4-year college in North Dakota. This includes colleges such as Bismarck State College (BSC), North Dakota State School of Science at Wahpeton (NDSCS), Dickinson State University (DSU), North Dakota State University (NDSU) and others. The ACT given in April will not include the writing component, which is required for college admission by some colleges. Go to for more information about the ACT.

If you have any questions on career and other counseling issues, please contact Mrs. Linda Becker at New Salem Almont High School at 843-7610. She is most often at the High School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Do your best!