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BMS to Take Part

Bexley Middle School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, as dictated by state law.

NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from Ohio's state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement for all states and the country. These national and Ohio results are released as The Nation's Report Card (, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Some 60 BMS students will take either a mathematics or reading assessment, each lasting about 90 - 120 minutes.   The assessment also asks students questions 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. Student responses are anonymous, and they provide context and meaning to the assessment results. Please visit to review sample questions.

The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347).  Parents and students can opt out of taking the test by notifying Principal Jason Caudill.  The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.  Students' grades will not be affected. There is no student, teacher or school results.  Students may skip any question, may be excused for any reason, and are not required to complete the assessment.

While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education and make program decisions. BMS students' achievement will help determine Ohio’s and the national results. 

A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for parents and students is available at

"We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that Bexley Middle School's students will show what our nation’s students know and can do," said Mr. Caudill.