The following mathematics reference sheets are identical to those that students will receive while participating in the NECAP. New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont are committed to ensuring that students develop strong conceptual foundations of the mathematical concepts that they are studying. It is the intent of the NECAP items to assess perimeter, area, and volume at the conceptual level and not the procedural level. Therefore, the formulas provided on these reference sheets do not conflict with the intention of the Grade-Level Expectations, but rather allow teachers to concentrate on developing conceptual understanding without having to be concerned with students remembering formulas or reconstructing them in an on-demand assessment situation. Furthermore, the three states believe that these reference sheets should be used as an everyday tool in the classroom to help students become familiar with the information contained on them.
Please note: At grades 3 and 4 a committee of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont educators made the decision to embed formulas as needed into test items to ensure that students will not have to transfer information from a reference sheet to a test item in their assessment booklets.
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