For a PDF version of this letter, click here: NAEP Letter 2017.


Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to tell you that Lander Middle School has been selected to represent schools across our state by contributing to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).  NAEP is given by the U.S. Department of Education and tells us what students nationwide know and can do in key subject areas.  It is the only ongoing nationally representative assessment that provides this information.

NAEP has been given in schools nationwide for nearly 50 years.  The results are published in a report called The Nation's Report Card which provides reliable student achievement information to educators, parents and concerned citizens.

The NAEP assessment will be given in our school on February 15, 2017. Your child has been selected to take a reading or mathematics assessment.  In addition to subject area questions, NAEP also asks students 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. All student responses and results are anonymous and confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347)..

It will take approximately 90 to 120 minutes for students to complete NAEP. Your child’s grades will not be affected; he or she may be excused from participation for any reason, is not required to finish the assessment and may omit any test question(s). While NAEP is voluntary, we depend on student participation to collect information on student achievement that will inform improvements in education.  Your child’s test performance will represent many other students across Wyoming, so participation is very important.  However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by February 3rd, 2017.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP.  We do ask parents to encourage their children's best efforts and to have them get plenty of rest the night before the assessment.

If you would like to have additional information about NAEP please consider viewing the NAEP web site at or if you have specific concerns please contact me.

We are excited that our school will be participating in NAEP.  We know that our students at Lander Middle School will do their very best!



Kevin Ley, Assistant Principal
NAEP Test Cordinator