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Fessenden-Bowdon Public Schools follows the century code of the state of North Dakota. All school districts in North Dakota are required by state law (N.D.C.C. 15.1-21-08) to test students in grades 4, 8, and 11 in science and in grades 3-8 and grade 11 each year in the subjects of math, reading, and language arts. The required assessment will be the North Dakota State Assessment based on the state standards. http://www.smarterbalanced.org (Spring)

Additionally, N.D.C.C.15.1-21-17  requires interim assessments in grades 2-10.  The Fessenden-Bowdon School District has selected the  NWEA Measure of Academic Performance Test.  (Fall and Spring)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically to grade 4 and 8 in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, U.S. history, and beginning in 2014, in Technology and Engineering Literacy​ (TEL). This is also referred to as the Nation's Report Card, and has been used since the 1960's to measure student learning and do comparisons  with the various demographics of students across the United States. (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/naephistory.aspx) (Spring)

ACT  - The ACT Test measures students academic progress, student growth, and readiness for college.  N.D.C.C.15.1-21-19 requires all students, in grade 11, to take the ACT during the spring each year.  The ACT scores are one of the factors used for college entrance and eligibility for the North Dakota Scholarships.   (http://www.act.org/products/k-12-act-test) (Spring


 Assessments utilized by our district to determine eligibility for Title 1 services include:

1.  DIBELS - Title 1 uses the DIBELS tool to assess students level of reading. The new and improved goals more consistently identify students who need additional support to become proficient readers. The

Title 1 teachers assess students in the fall and the spring to identify baseline and  measure growth.

(https://dibels.uoregon.edu/) (Fall and Spring)

2.  STAR Math and Reading - We currently use STAR Assessments to assess students math and reading levels in grades K-6 to identify needs for Title 1 services and measure student growth.

(http://www.renaissance.com/products/star-assessments) (Fall and Spring)


The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.



1.  Teachers use data from assessments to make instructional decisions for every child in the class.  Our class sizes are small, so teachers know each student, but assessments give us a deeper picture of a child and can pinpoint areas of success and challenges of a student, which allows them to differentiate instruction so all children can be successful.

2.  Students would not be able to receive Ttile 1 services.

Title 1 is a federal program that provides funds to districts to provide additional services to   students to improve reading and math.  One of the requirements is that the district use three different assessments to make the determination of the need for services.  In addition to DIBELS and STARS , teachers make recommendations based on work in the classroom.  If a student is not assessed using these assessments, they cannot participate in the TItle 1 program and receive additional services from Mrs. Stringer and Mrs. Fike.

3.  Currently, students would not be eligible to receive a North Dakota State Scholarship (http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/resource/act/brochure.pdf).

4.  Most colleges/universities in the state of North Dakota require a students ACT composite score as  a requirement for acceptance into the college or university system, therefore they would not be accepted into the university system. (http://www.ndus.edu/students/choosing-applying-for-college)

5.  Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)  reports how schools how schools are doing and determine if they are making progress according to the current legislation.  One of the measures for this determination is that schools have a 95% participation rate in all subgroups.  Subgroups are based on race/ethnicity, gender, classification as a student with disabilities or as economically disadvantaged.  Therefore, falling below the 95% requirement may affect our district AYP status requiring us to go into a need for improvement status.  Find out districts AYP information at http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/dpi/reports/Profile/1314/AYPDistrict/52025.pdf .