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District and State Assessment Information


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. (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 , Winter 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.  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)

2. NWEA 

3. Teacher assessments and recommendations


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.