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NH Statewide Assessment Information

Last Updated: 4/12/2021 3:18 PM

Dear Inter-Lakes Elementary School Families,

Each year, New Hampshire public and charter schools are required by state law (RSA 193-C) and federal accountability laws (Every Student Succeeds Act) to assess students using a standardized assessment. We utilize several assessments in order to comply with these requirements. The U.S. Department of Education is requiring states to administer the state summative assessments this year. For more details about our statewide assessments please visit the Office of Assessment Website or contact Melissa.White@doe.nh.gov

During the month of May, learners in grades 3-6 will be administered the New Hampshire Statewide Assessments (NHSAS). NH SAS Testing Schedule Link 

Schools are working hard to coordinate the administration of the statewide assessments to ensure students have access to the assessments in a safe environment. The assessments must be taken in person. If a parent/guardian is not comfortable with having their child take the assessment in person, they can choose to exempt their child from participation. If you have questions about test administration at your school, please contact the school principal. 

Statewide 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 

  • Help inform future instruction in the classroom 

Along with student work on classroom assignments, projects, essays, and local formative and summative assessments, statewide summative assessment results provide teachers and parents with important information about where students are on their path toward academic success. 

Below are the required assessments for public and charter school students:

Assessment

Grades

Content

NH Statewide Assessment System (NH SAS)

3rd-6th

English Language Arts, Mathematics

NH SAS

5th

Science

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

3rd-6th

Alternate Assessment


Exemption

Parents are allowed to exempt their child from participation in the statewide assessments (permitted in RSA 193-C:6). Parents must complete and submit an exemption form that is provided by the school or district. Please contact the school to receive a copy of the exemption form or print one from the ILES school website or this letter, fill it out, and return it to the school. Please understand that if you choose to exempt your child from the assessment, no scores or summary of individual student performance, based on the statewide assessment, will be provided for your child.

 

Training Tests

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

 

Student Results

Student results for the NH SAS (reading/writing, mathematics and science) are generally

available within 10 days upon the student completing the test. We will send your child’s

Individual Score Report home as soon as possible after receiving results, which may not be until the end of the school year.

If you have any questions related to this assessment or its administration, you may contact Kate Clark, Ashley Shuffleton or myself at 279-7968 or kate.clark@interlakes.org, ashley.shuffleton@interlakes.org, or michael.bryant@interlakes.org.

Thank you for supporting your child(ren) and encouraging him/her to do their best during this

assessment administration. 

Sincerely,

Michael A. Bryant

Michael A. Bryant, Principal

Additional SAS Information

I-LES SAS Testing Schedule

Parent Communication Letter 4/2/21

Statewide Assessment Exemption form:

  CLICK HERE for the electronic form

  CLICK HERE for the google document