Three grade 4 classrooms at Sacandaga Elementary will be part of the Nation’s Report Card – they have been selected to take National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as NAEP, national standardized tests in March.
Their results will be combined with classrooms across the state and nation to give political and educational leaders a glimpse about how well the nation's education system is preparing students.
Students in grade 4 classes taught by Andy DiCaprio, Cheryl Ladopoulos and David McLear will sit for the 120-minute tests in both Reading and Mathematics on March 2.
Though this will be the only Scotia-Glenville students taking the NAEP this year, they will not be alone. Typically, 2,500 students in approximately 100 public schools across New York and in every state will sit for the tests. The schools selected to participate in NAEP are representative of the demographic and geographic composition of the state as a whole.
You may be thinking that NAEP is just another test, but it’s not. NAEP is different from state assessments because it represents students across the country.
The assessment results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, and they help the President, Congress, and all educators make decisions about how to improve their curriculum and the overall education system. NAEP is what the general public will hear about on the news when reporters discuss what students are learning in a particular grade or subject.
The actual assessment takes about 120 minutes. During that time, students will take the assessment in both mathematics and reading on tablets or in paper booklets. Students will be asked questions about their educational experiences that may be related to performance, such as homework and reading habits.
Student scores are anonymous, no individual scores available
Student scores are anonymous and there are no individual or classroom student scores released. The results of the classes will not affect student grades or academic records in any way. Instead, they will be combined with the scores of other students to produce results that reflect student capabilities nationwide.
Students who are selected to participate in NAEP have an important job to do. NAEP will provide a national snapshot of what students have learned in school, and it is essential that students take it seriously, try their best, and answer all the questions they can.
If you would like to see questions or results from past NAEP assessments and why they are important for students, visit https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/students/
Here is more information about the NAEP program: https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/
Here’s a video about what every parent should know about NAEP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RurH739zdN0&feature=youtu.be