Gibbons Chosen for Nation's Report Card

Selected students will take either a reading or math assessment.

The Gibbons Middle School has earned a spot on the Nation's Report Card.

A sample of Gibbons students will take either a National Assessment of Educational Progress reading or math assessment on Feb. 27, Principal Jack Foley told parents in a letter today. The letter is in Gibbons' Jan. 10 virtual backpack.

The students also will answer "some background questions such as how often they use computers and what types of classes they take," Foley said. The assessment will take about 90 minutes, he said.

Parents of the selected students will be notified by e-mail, Foley said. The principal asked that any parents who don't want their children participating should "notify me in writing or email" by Friday, Jan. 25.

"The results are completely confidential. This means that the names of students who take part in the assessment are not recorded on any materials that leave the school, and your child’s grades or progress in school will not be affected in any way. No student, school or district results are reported and only statewide data is available," Foley said.

Known as "the Nation's Report Card," the National Assessment of Educational Progress is "administered by the U.S. Department of Education, (and) allows educators, parents, and legislators to compare the student achievement of Massachusetts with other states and the nation," he said.

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