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October 7, 2011

Dear Parents,

Next week, our students in grades 7 and 8 will participate in the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).  Students in all grades will be tested in reading and mathematics.  In addition, students in grade 8 will be tested in writing.  The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an overview of the assessment program.  I am hoping you will help us encourage your child to give these tests his or her very best effort.

The NECAP tests were designed to measure your child’s progress in meeting New Hampshire’s Grade Level Expectations, or GLEs.  The GLEs define the knowledge and skills a student should have mastered by the end of each school year.  The grade 7 test, for example, will measure what a student should know and be able to do after completing sixth grade.  The reading test includes short and long reading passages with related multiple choice and constructed response questions.  The mathematics test includes multiple choice, short answer, and constructed response questions, and a single extended writing prompt.  A constructed response question requires students to show their work and/or explain their reasoning.  Test results for all students will be available in February 2011.

The New England Common Assessment Program will be one of the important tools available to parents and educators to determine how well our school is helping students meet standards and grade level expectations.  In every assessment, scores are only as meaningful as the effort students put into the tests.  Encourage your child to take the tests seriously and to give his or her best effort.  You can best help your child prepare for the assessment by making sure that she or he is rested on the days the tests will be given.  (See schedule below).  And, as with every day, it is critical that student have a good breakfast before heading off to school.   Thank you for supporting your child and our school during the testing period. 

Please call me if you have any questions.


Andrew J. Mellow, Principal


                                    Seventh Grade             10/12, 13, 19

                                    Eighth Grade               10/12, 13, 19, 20