Superintendent Mary Whitrock notes eighth-graders will take multiple assessment tests this year, including the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Superintendent Mary Whitrock notes eighth-graders will take multiple assessment tests this year, including the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

   You have been selected.

   That is what the Ripon Area School District found out earlier this month when the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) informed Ripon administrators that eighth-graders from Ripon Middle School will participate in the NAEP assessment this spring.

   According to the NAEP website, www.nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/, the NAEP test is the only assessment that measures students’ knowledge in various subjects across the nation.The test is given to students who are randomly selected as “a representative sample of students across the country. Results are reported for groups of students with similar characteristics (e.g., gender, race and ethnicity, school location), not [for] individual students,” stated the NAEP website.

   Since eighth-graders at Ripon Middle School were chosen to participate, the school district felt privileged.

   “When the country as a whole reports out on how students are doing, in that regard, it is somewhat of an honor to be selected because we know that the things that we’re doing certainly have an impact on those results,”said Curriculum Director Chrissy Damm.

   Read the full story, which includes more information about the test, in the Nov. 1, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.