For the record, the students reported that they thought they did well. More importantly for me was the impression our class left on the gentlemen who administered the exam. While I sat at my desk, one of the men gave the instructions and monitored the class. I was not involved in any way, except to be available in the case of an emergency. That being said, my students were quite professional in their demeanor, shaking the man's hand and saying, "Thank you, sir," to him when he handed them their test or a pencil. When finished with the exam, students were not allowed to read a book or do anything other than sit quietly and wait. I know that must have been the hardest thing for some of my talkative talkers, but every one of them handled that part of the assignment quite well.
I was already proud of them, but before each of the two gentlemen left the room, they were very complimentary.
The supervisor, Mr. Pierce, whispered to me in the corner:
You have a very respectful group of young kids.
You've been a super group.
You are the best class I've administered the test to;
I'm going to go brag on you.
I have no way of knowing (and never will) how our class scored on the NAEP test, but they continue to impress me in the ways they have taken instruction about professional behaviors. They're far from perfect, but they have proven that they understand and they can act in a highly respectable manner.