Rolling Hills Middle School

NAEP Testing

Civics, geography, mathematics, reading, U.S. history, and writing assessments

FEBRUARY 2, 2017

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Fifty randomly chosen Rolling Hills students will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on February 15, 2017. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from ourstate assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Your child might take an assessment in one of the following subjects: civics, geography, mathematics, reading, U.S. history, or writing. The assessment also asks students questions about their daily routine and their educational experiences. For example, students are asked if there is a computer at home and about the amount of reading they do. Student responses are anonymous, and they provide context and meaning to the assessment results. Please visit to review sample questions.

The assessment takes about 120 minutes for most students. The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347).

The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

• Your child’s grades will not be affected.
• Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.
• While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify the school office in writing by February 10, 2017.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at Contact Sue Odom at 408-364-4235, x5150, or at SOdom [at] CampbellUSD.Org if you have any questions.

We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that Rolling Hills' students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.


Cynthia L. Dodd