NECAP Testing Dates are: October 8, 9, & 10; Gr. 8 Writing October 16

September 20, 2013

Dear Parents,       

NECAP assessments of reading, mathematics and writing skills are conducted during the first three weeks of October 2013 with students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11.  The fall NECAP tests in reading, mathematics, and writing were designed to measure your child’s progress in meeting New Hampshire’s Grade Level Expectations (GLEs).  The GLEs define the knowledge and skills a student should have mastered by the end of each school year. 

          The New England Common Assessment Program is one of the important tools available to parents and educators to determine how well our schools are helping students meet standards and grade level expectations.  In every assessment, scores are only as meaningful as the effort students put into the tests. 

          Timberlane Regional Middle School will administer the tests October 8th through October 17thAll grades will test October 8, 9 and 10 in reading and math. Grade 8 writing tests will be administered on Wednesday, October 16th. We are providing you with the testing times with the hope that appointments and trips can be scheduled around testing if at all possible. It has been shown that students scores are better when they are able to take the tests with their peers in their familiar environment rather than during make-up times. We also appreciate your effort in helping your child arrive at school on time. Students arriving after tests have begun will have to take the test during a make-up period.

          Thank you for supporting your child and our school during the testing period. Please remind them of the importance of doing their best and call if you have any questions.

Michael Hogan, Principal


The Importance of NECAP Testing


TRMS uses detailed NECAP results, in conjunction with other assessments, to modify and improve curriculum. Data gathered from standardized assessments like NECAP also allows TRMS to provide targeted instruction for those students struggling in math and reading.

Teachers use individualized data from NECAP, along with other assessment tools, to make professional recommendations regarding student placements in math and literacy blocks, as well as placements in the Algebra I accelerated math course offered in 8th grade.