CONCORD —The New Hampshire Department of Education recently released preliminary results from the 2019 statewide assessment. The assessment measures student proficiency in Math and English and Language Arts for grades 3-8 and Science for grades 5, 8, and 11. The SAT serves as the 11th grade assessment in Math and English and Language Arts.
Assessments are designed to measure student proficiency of state academic standards. Educators established these standards with the approval of the State Board of Education in 2009 based on what it believes students need to know to be “college and career” ready. Curriculum is then designed around those standards and becomes the basis for classroom instruction. Local educators then have the opportunity to review assessment test questions, and set the threshold for proficiency at each grade level.
“The assessment results demonstrate that through our education delivery system, about half of New Hampshire students have attained grade-level proficiency,” said Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut. “That is disappointing, but we continue to closely follow student performance to find out where we are making progress, and where we can do better.”
Performance results for the New Hampshire assessment are immediately available to local school districts and SAT results are available shortly after completion of the assessment. Schools distribute individual student results to families by the end of each school year.
By following students as they move from grade to grade, the results show that across the state the percentage showing proficiency in English and Language Arts increased in three grades and fell in two others from last year. Proficiency in Math increased in two grades, but fell in three. High school SAT results tracked about the same, with a small decline in English and Language Arts and a small increase in Math.
“We want to follow our students’ progress in order to help support schools in designing strong instructional practices to advance student learning outcomes,” stated Julie Couch, instructional support administrator for the state. “These results show that our current system is working for some students, but not all. We need to keep working to find paths to bright futures for all New Hampshire students.”