NAEP Assessment

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We are pleased to notify you that Mid Valley has been selected to represent schools across the nation by participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). First administered in 1969, NAEP is the largest nationally representative assessment of what students know and can do in various subject areas. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from state assessments because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results of NAEP are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

The NAEP assessment will be given on Thursday, January 29th 2015. Your child (may be/has been) selected to take a math, reading, or a science pilot assessment. In addition to answering questions in one of these subjects, students will be asked some questions about themselves and their educational experience. These questions provide contextual information for the assessment, as well as information that may be related to students’ learning. If you would like to view sample subject area and student questions, please visit http://nationsreportcard.gov/parents.aspx.

It will take about 90 minutes for most students to participate in the assessment. Students selected for the science hands-on tasks pilot will have a few more minutes added to their session. The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347), and the information provided will be used for statistical purposes only. Your child’s grades will not be affected. Your child may be excused from participation for any reason, is not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question. While NAEP is voluntary, we depend on student participation to provide an accurate measure of student achievement that will inform improvements in education. Your child will represent many other students, so participation is very important. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by January 5, 2015.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP. We do, however, ask parents to encourage their children to do their best and get plenty of rest the night before the assessment. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available by clicking here. Should you have questions, please contact me at 570-307-2128 or at mazakma@mvsd.us.

We are excited that Mid Valley will be participating in NAEP and pleased that your child (may be/has been) selected. We know that Mid Valley's students will help us show what our nation’s students know and can accomplish. Sincerely,

Mark Mazak
Principal of Curriculum and Instruction