|About test results in New Hampshire|
Although test results are only one measure of student achievement, they have become increasingly important in assessing student learning. In 2006-2007 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. In 2005-2006, New Hampshire used the New Hampshire Educational Improvement and Assessment Program (NHEIAP, pronounced "NEE-yap") to test students in grade 10 in reading and math. These tests are standards-based, which means they measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire.How are the tests scored?
NECAP and NHEIAP results show the level of proficiency a student demonstrates in each of the subject areas tested. Students taking the NECAP are rated at one of four levels: substantially below proficient, partially proficient, proficient and proficient with distinction. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. Students taking the NHEIAP are rated at one of four levels: novice, basic, proficient or advanced. Although scoring at the basic level meets state standards, the goal is for all students to eventually score at or above the proficient level.
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Why do the tests matter?
It is important to be aware of both your child's score on the assessments and the overall score for his school. If your child scores below the standards, contact his teacher to discuss getting additional assistance, and to find out how you can support your child's learning at home.
If the school's overall scores are low, ask what steps the school is taking to raise achievement levels for all students, and what you can do to help. If your child is in a failing school, ask what your options are for obtaining supplemental services or for transferring to a higher-performing school.
What changes to the tests are planned for the future?
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Source: NH Dept. of Education, 2006-2007Close this window