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NAEP for Teachers – 4th and 8th grade (2006)

NAEP for Teachers – 4th and 8th grade (2006)


The teacher in some students is the biggest cheerleader, the
biggest motivator in a student’s life. You are the child’s biggest advocate. Seeing students’ potential. Seeing in them what
they may not see in themselves yet and helping them discover that. It’s like
opening up a new world for them. Next to a parent, a teacher can be the
most important person in a child’s life. A motivator, a counselor, a mentor For many of us it is why we choose to teach. This is one of the most important times in their
lives that they still need to be nurtured, and cared for and guided through until they can do it on their own. I love kids and I guess I’d say that it’s exciting. I
never know from day to day what I’m going to be doing. They keep me on my toes. Being a teacher is a rewarding profession. We can be
such an important influence in a child’s life. Now you have a new opportunity to help ensure that
our students receive the best education we can offer. You are here because some of your students are
being asked to take a test called the National Assessment of Educational Progress– or NAEP. The test is given across the country to: fourth, eighth, and twelfth graders. NAEP is the only national assessment that allows
us to understand how much students know and can do in important subjects– such as: Reading, writing, math, and science. The results of NAEP are often called “The Nation’s Report Card.” Perhaps you’ve heard of it, or seen it on the news. [TV News Anchors Mentioning NAEP] Now we know what you must be thinking… Here’s another test my students have to take. Well, NAEP is different. NAEP is important because it is the only assessment
that represents student achievement across the country. Your school has been chosen to participate because of its demographics. Students are selected from a representative sample and each student who takes NAEP is representing hundreds of other students across the country. We do live in the world of assessment, assessment is
part of public schools now a days. I think regardless of the assessment, whether it’s your state assessment,
a local assessment or in this case a national assessment, that it is important that whenever we take an assessment we
give our best effort so we have a valid result. As you know, every state has its own unique assessment. With NAEP, students in every state take the same test, so we’re able to get real state-to-state and state-to-nation comparisons. This allows us to see where our teaching is going both as
a region of the country and as of a state and to see if there are adjustments we need to make to the system. NAEP has been providing information about student performance for about 40 years. Experts from around the country, including your state, are involved in its development. NAEP is often called The Gold Standard of Assessments. NAEP does have an impact on schools, it does have
impact nationally and certainly at the state level. The importance of that understanding that the results of NAEP are going
to impact policy makers and funding practices is just critical. Of course, student participation is critical. To get accurate results, we need to make sure all students are represented, and students need to do their best. We all know that students look up to us. A teacher can have a big influence on a child. If I know my teacher cares and I know
my teacher wants me to do this, the value to that is just huge in getting students
to participate in NAEP and do a good job. You can help. Talk with your students about how important the NAEP test is. And encourage them to do their best. We need that encouragement from you to make sure
all students are represented and results are accurate. The names of the students who take the test remain anonymous. NAEP isn’t interested in who they are… only in what they know. I think that the NAEP test is important because
in the end it will guide policymakers’ decision. The test is short. It only takes about 90 minutes, and you don’t have to prepare for it or administer it. The NAEP team takes care of that. NAEP is important because it, students can be compared state
to state, district to district, region to region. So, thank you for being part of NAEP– the Nation’s Report Card. We all have been influenced by one if not
more than one teacher in our lives, but I know everyone can reflect back on
a teacher that made a difference– it might have been they taught me a lot about a certain subject but
I’ll bet you it was equally about they treated me with respect it might have been they taught me a lot about a certain subject but
I’ll bet you it was equally about they treated me with respect and they motivated me. That’s the power of being a great teacher.

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