All RMS students will be participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessments during the Spring of 2017. Please look for additional information about the testing window in the Friday Focus later in the year. All New Hampshire and Vermont public schools have begun administering the federally mandated assessments of the Common Core Standards. Our states belong to the ‘Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’ (SBAC) and, therefore, we began giving the SBAC assessment in the Spring of 2015.
NAEP Testing on February 9, 2017
Our school will participated in the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) sponsored by the Vermont Department of Education and the Vermont Department of Health on February 28, 2017. The survey will gather information about health risk behaviors of 6th through 8th grade students. The survey includes questions about nutrition, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, physical exercise, and injuries. Schools, communities and state agencies will use the results of the survey to evaluate programs, plan new programs and to secure future funding.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in conjunction with state and local school officials, developed the YRBS. It also has the support of many national organizations including the National PTA.
The YRBS is anonymous, and survey procedures have been designed to protect your child’s privacy. The names of students who take the survey and their survey responses will not be disclosed to any school employee nor will any student's name or survey responses be divulged in a report of the results. We would have liked all students to take part in the survey; however, the survey is voluntary. No student was required to take the survey.
Richmond Middle School was selected to represent schools across New Hampshire by participating in the 2017 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). NAEP is the largest nationally representative assessment of what students across the country know and can do. The National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education, administers the test to about 60 RMS 8th grade students in mathematics and reading. Each student selected for NAEP 2017 will be assessed in only one subject, however. The testing will take place on February 9, 2017 and will last about 90 minutes. Results of the assessment will be released on the Nation's Report Card in the Fall 2017. More information about NAEP can be found on the NAEP website.
Administering these tests will require major changes to our school days. For additional information on the SBAC, please review this parent information.
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