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NAEP Coming to Highland Park & Lewistown Junior High

Selected 4th and 8th Grade Students to take the NAEP Assessment

Many Highland Park Elementary fourth graders and Lewistown Junior High eighth graders have selected to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on February 21, 2017.  Not all fourth and eighth grade students were selected for the test.  Letters were scheduled to be sent home to parents of selected students on Friday, February 3rd, and a copy can be found at both Highland Park and the Junior High Digital Backpack.

NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects.  It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S.  Department of Education.  NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country.  The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

The assessment takes about 90 to 120 minutes for most students which includes transition time and instructions.  Your child has been selected for the assessment and will take either a mathematics or reading assessment.  Students are only tested in one subject consisting of two core content sections. 

For more details on the NAEP Assessment your school's Digital Backpack also has a copy of the NAEP Parent Brochure and What Every Parent Should Know About NAEP document.


NAEP in a Nutshell

  • It is often called the gold standard of tests and has been around since 1969.
  • The subjects most frequently tested are math, reading, science, and writing.
  • Not every student or every school takes the test.
  • The results are anonymous and if your child is asked to take it, his or her grades won’t be affected.
  • Accommodations are provided so that as many students as possible can participate.

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