New Hampshire children have taken the annual NECAP – the New England Common Assessment Program – assessment each fall for years. The Smarter Balanced Assessment replaces the NECAP for English Language Arts and Mathematics. State and federal law require all schools to give an annual assessment to students in grades 3-8 and once in high school. Starting this year, New Hampshire is using Smarter Balanced for that required annual assessment for ELA and Math. We will still use NECAP for Science grades 8 and 11. The testing schedule will be posted on the website.
For NECAP Science, 8th and 11th graders will take the assessment the first week of May. There are three parts, two multiple choice/short answer sessions and one hands-on inquiry task performed with classmates. The assessment will be done in two days.
For Smarter Balanced, PMHS students grades 7- 8 and 11 will start May 4th and be done in early June. There are two tests for math and two tests for English Language Arts. Students will only take one test per day, so it will be spread out over four days. This is the first time this test will be given and it will be a learning experience. They expectations for this assessment are different, and teachers have been working to introduce students to the test format so that it is not overwhelming. Students will have breaks during the assessment. At this time, we don’t know when the results will be available, but we will update you when we know. See the testing schedule here!
Congratulations to our eighth graders for winning third place in the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development video contest! A special thanks to Globe Manufacturing for being our community partner on this project. Click here to view the video.
Middle High School Calendar
The Smarter Balanced Assessment System will replace existing statewide assessments in mathematics, reading, and writing (the NECAP) and offer significant improvements over assessments of the past. These new assessments will be administered online and will adapt to each student’s ability, giving teachers and parents better information to help students succeed. The NH Department of Education has an FAQ sheet if you would like more information.