Assessment Testing Parent Letter

Assessment Testing Parent Letter
Posted on 04/02/2019

April 1, 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Each year, students in grades 3 through 8 participate in the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NH SAS)
.  Students who have the most significant cognitive disabilities are eligible to take the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Assessment, as designed in their active individualized education program (IEP).  

 

This year, your child will take the following assessments, depending on their grade level:

  • NH SAS for English language arts/writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 8
  • NH SAS for science in grades 8 Only

State assessments are an important part of a student’s core educational program. They provide an evaluation of student mastery of content and skills in various academic areas, serve as one tool for measuring the degree to which students are on track to graduate high school and be college- and career-ready, and help inform future instruction in the classroom. Along with student work on classroom assignments, projects, essays, and local assessments, state assessment results give teachers and you, the parents, important information about where students are on their path toward academic success. If you choose to exempt your student from the state assessment (permitted in RSA 193-C:6), you must submit a form to the school the student attends. Please contact Angela Bowen at abowen@sau90.org (or call 926-2000) to receive a copy. Please understand that if you choose to exempt your student from the assessment, no scores or summary of individual student performance, based on the statewide assessment, will be provided to you or your student. 

The testing times for the NH SAS and School Day SAT are as follows:

Grades 3-8

NH SAS for ELA/Writing/ Mathematics (hours)

English Language Arts/Reading

2:00

English Language Arts/Writing

1:30

Mathematics

2:00

Grade 8 only

NH SAS for Science (hours)

Science

2:00

Student results for the NH SAS (reading/writing, mathematics and science) are generally available within 10 days upon the student completing the test. Hampton Academy will send a student’s Individual Score Report home as soon as possible after receiving results, and certainly before the end of the school year.

Parents may access training tests for the NH SAS by going to the portal at https://nh.portal.airast.org/training-tests.stml.

If you have any questions related to this assessment administration, you may contact Hampton Academy at 926-2000.  Thank you for supporting your student and encouraging him/her to do his/her best during this assessment administration.

Sincerely,

David O’Connor

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