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February 11, 2014

N.H. schools fare well on final NECAPs

Most schools finish above state average

The last round of New England Common Assessment Program ended successfully for most Southern New Hampshire schools.

All but one local district finished above the state average in at least one of the major categories tested.

“I would say we’re pleased, but, of course, there is always room for improvement,” Salem assistant superintendent Maura Palmer said.

Palmer said she was pleased with the district’s reading scores, which saw 80 percent of students pass with proficiency. The state average was 77 percent.

This is the last NECAP test that students will have to take. Starting in the spring of 2015, Granite State students will take the Smarter Balance assessment test, based on Common Core state standards.

Because of that, Sanborn superintendent Brian Blake said he wasn’t putting much stock in his district’s scores.

“We aren’t going to spend a whole lot of time doing anything with them,” he said. “We aren’t doing a deep analysis of the results since we are anticipating the Smarter Balance assessment.”

Sanborn finished with 73 percent proficiency in reading, 61 percent in math and 52 percent in writing. All scores were below the state average.

Windham curriculum director Kori Becht agreed it will be tough to compare the two tests.

“It’s a shift because the Smarter Balance is computer-based,” she said. “They are very different assessments, so the first test with that may be getting a baseline.”

Londonderry assistant superintendent Andrew Corey said his district’s scores were right on pace with where they have been.

“Our reading, especially in the elementary schools, was very good,” he said. “Math between grades 8 and 11 seems to be a statewide thing, and for us it doesn’t line up with what we’re doing on our SATs and PSATs.”

Londonderry had 37 percent proficiency in math at grade 11. The state average is 36 percent, the lowest for any subject in any demographic.

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