By Caroline Murtagh

About every 5 or 6 years, Andover is selected to participate in an assessment that tests students’ skills in writing, reading, and math on a national level. This year, AHS will once again get a chance to contribute to what is known as “the nation’s report card.”

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a test designed by the United States Department of Education. It is used to test students in different grade levels throughout the nation.

Guidance counselor Ms. de Kelley detailed the format of the test in an interview. She explained, “The test, scheduled to take 90 minutes, contains questions about either math or English, depending on which subject a student is assigned.” In Andover, there will be 180 randomly selected students taking the NAEP. Because the United States Department of Education is specifically looking at Andover’s college readiness skills, the students chosen in Andover will be mostly seniors.

Ms. de Kelley also summarized what she hopes the results will do for AHS: “If everything goes well, the results will indicate that our students are ready for college as well as confirm that we are equal to or above other states in regards to our skills.” Nationally, the results will be used to modify the country’s education plan in order to develop areas of study that need improvement and further build upon the skills where it already sees success.