Newfound students take the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts. New Hampshire RSA 193-C:6 requires that all districts administer this statewide assessment to all students in the designated grades (3-8 and 11th grades). Formerly, this requirement was met under the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). These tests are designed to gauge mastery of standards, and ultimately determine readiness for college and career education and training.
The Smarter Balanced Assessments are intended to measure critical thinking and problem solving skills using real-world applications in both English Language Arts and Mathematics. The change in assessments will enable teachers to extend and enrich their understanding of student progress as they transition between grade levels, and onto college and career pathways. These assessments will be untimed, and completed on a computer instead of the traditional paper and pencil methods. The tests are adaptive and adjust the difficulty of questions based on student responses. In other words, if a student correctly responds to a question, the next question generated will be more challenging. Tools have been created to assist students with disabilities and English language learners in accessibility.
Below are some resources to help you read your child's SBAC report.
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