Student Scores Drop in Latest Smarter Balanced Tests

Oct 23, 2017

Standardized tests scores for New Hampshire students are down slightly from last year.

According to the results for the Smarter Balanced tests released today, there was a 3 percent drop in the number of students in grades 3 - 8 proficient in English Language Arts compared to last year. In math, there was 2 percent drop.

Meanwhile, New Hampshire 11th graders taking the SAT showed a slight improvement in math scores.

In a statement, Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut said the scores are cause for concern, but notes that other states with Smarter Balanced saw similar declines.

Next year, elementary students will take a new standardized test, but questions remain about whether the scores will be comparable.