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New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

The New Hampshire Department of Education, Rhode Island Department of Education, and Vermont Department of Education have developed a common set of Grade-Level Expectations, known as the New England Common Assessment Program Grade-Level Expectations (NECAP GLEs), and test specifications in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing. Building on the success of the NECAP collaboration in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing, the states have developed common assessment targets and test specifications for Science. Grade-Span Expectations (GSEs) for high school students in Mathematics, Reading and Writing have been developed for grades 9-10 and 11-12. The GSEs include expectations that are assessed on the State assessment and others that will be a local curriculum and assessment option. All GLEs and GSEs are incorporated into the NH Curriculum/Frameworks documents approved by the State Board in June 2006.

NECAP was administered in October in grades 3-8 and 11 in Mathematics and Reading. Writing was assessed in grades 5, 8, and 11 at the same time. Science is administered in grades 4, 8, and 11 each year in May.

In the 2014-15 school year, New Hampshire will begin rolling out new assessments aligned to the NH College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS). Students in grades 3 through 8 and one grade in high school will be tested in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing. The new assessments are being used to gauge how well students are mastering the standards – and ultimately how ready students are for college and career education and training.

Changes To NECAP During The Transition To The Common Core State Standards Acrobat Reader Common Core State Standards
Grade 11 Achievement Level Descriptions Test Administration Materials, Information and Forms
Other Support Material Test Preparation Support Materials
Released Items Test Results & Interpretation Materials


Notices and Memos
2011 Assessment Snapshot PowerPoint
A comparison of New Hampshire Students with the Nation and Surrounding States (includes information for NAEP, NECAP, SAT, ACT, and AP)

NECAP Assessment Service Center
(877) 632-7774

Microsoft PowerPoint Symbol Microsoft PowerPoint format. You can download a free reader from Microsoft.

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