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Tue January 31, 2012
NECAP Scores Are In; Math and Reading Up, Writing Down.
New Hampshire students continue to improve academically, according to the results of the latest round of standardized tests.
The New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, test students in grades 3 through 8 and eleventh graders.
The test shows that 67% of all students are proficient in math, up two percentage points from last year. 79% are proficient in reading, and only 54% are proficient in writing.
But New Hampshire’s scores have improved modestly since the test began seven years ago.
DoE Commissioner Virginia Barry says the results show that while New Hampshire students excel in math at grade 3, by grade 8 their scores are around the regional average.
The DoE says these results lend credence to the idea that schools need trained Elementary School Math specialists if New Hampshire is going to improve.