Nome Public Schools Assessment Information

  • Nome Public Schools utilizes a wide variety of assessments throughout the school year according to the Balanced Assessment method (please see below).  This page will share information about each of the district-wide and state assessments that happen each year, as well as the current district-wide testing calendar.  Program assessments will vary according to the district-adopted curricula for each grade level or content area, and parents should speak with their child's teacher for further information on these assessments.

    Description of balanced assessment system pie chart

    MAP (Measures of Academic Progress

    MAP tests are given three times each school year to students in grades K-10.  Students in grades K-2 are assessed in reading and math, and students in grades 3-10 also take the Language Usage test.  MAP is a nationally referenced test, and allows parents and teachers to compare their child's progress to the average student in the same grade across the nation.  MAP results are also used by teachers to help inform differentiation of instruction in the classroom.  MAP reports can be shared with parents during Parent-Teacher Conferences or are available from your student's teacher on request.  For more information about MAP, click here.

    ACCESS Test (For English Learners)

    Students in grades K-12 who are identified as English Learners are required to take the ACCESS test each year in the early spring.  The test has four parts: speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Once students meet the state's exit criteria from the EL program, they no longer take the test and are monitored for two years to ensure their English proficiency is sufficient for them to make adequate academic progress.  Results are sent home to parents at the end of the school year or early summer.  For more information about ACCESS, click here.

    DLM (Dynamic Learning Maps)

    The DLM is an alternate state assessment for students with cognitive disabilities which would preclude their participation in the PEAKS assessment.  Students are assessed in the same subjects as PEAKS for their grade level.  Eligibility for participation in the DLM is determined as part of a student's IEP.  For more information on the DLM, click here.

    NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

    This national exam is administered every other year to a randomly selected group of 4th and 8th graders in the areas of mathematics and/or english language arts.  Results are not available to students, parents, districts, or schools.  The assessment is known as "America's Report Card" and state results are available for comparison.  For more information about the NAEP, click here.

    College Entrance Exams, WorkKeys, and the ASVAB

    Students should contact their high school counselor for more information on these assessments, including fees, registration deadlines, and dates for testing.

    2022-2023 Calendar of Assessments



    ELL 2.0






    All EL Students

    Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing











    ELA and Math


    AK Science

    5, 8, 10




    MAP Growth Windows Grades K-10


    September 20- October 15, 2022


    January 9- January 27, 2023


    March 27-April 28, 2023 (AK STAR)


    MAP Reading Fluency (NES Only) Grades K-5


    August- September 17


    January 9- February 3


    April 10- May 10

    High School Testing for Post-Secondary Education and Life Skills



    Registration due dates and how to register

    November 5, 2022

    Register by October 4, 2022

    May 6, 2023

    Register by April 5, 2023




    Date of TEST

    Registration due dates and how to register

    December 10, 2022

    Register by November 4, 2022 @

    February 11, 2023

    Register by January 6, 2023

    April 15, 2023

    Register by March 10, 2023



    Date of TEST

    Registration due dates and how to register


    October 15, 2022

    Register by September with

    Mr. Brown





    ASVAB *Military Entrance Exam*

    September 20, 2022

    Register with Aaron Brown

    March 28, 2023

    Register with Aaron Brown






    Parents Opt-Out Rights

    According to Nome Public Schools Board Policy BP6020, parents have the right to opt their students out of assessments required by the state.  In order to do so, parents are required to inform the school before each test, and should submit this request in writing to the main office of their child's school.  Absences due to a parent exercising this right are considered excused absences.