As you may know our grades three, four and five students will be participating in
the State of Vermont testing program during the first weeks of October until the 25th. This
testing program is mandated by the “No Child Left Behind Legislation” passed by the
U.S. Congress a few years ago. The states of Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire
and Maine have jointly created a series of tests that will be administered to students from
these states. This testing program is referred to as NECAP, which is an acronym
meaning New England Common Assessment Program.
You should also know that grades three and four students will be given six
separate subtests (three Reading and three Mathematics) to be taken over a six day
period. Grade five students will take eight separate test components including three
Reading, three Mathematics and two Writing. Students will be provided 90 minutes to complete the particular test scheduled. Students may receive more than 90 minutes should he/she find it necessary.
Results from this assessment program are expected later in the school year and
will be forwarded to parents when these become available. Results will be reported in
terms of four proficiency levels, (Proficient with Distinction, Proficient, Partially
Proficient and Substantially Below Proficient), which describe in words what students at
each level know, and are able to demonstrate.
Finally, you can best help your child prepare for this testing by making sure
he/she is well-rested and has had a nutritious breakfast. Your child is also encouraged to bring a nutritious snack. Having students arrive promptly to school during these dates will be very helpful as well.
Thank you very much for your cooperation with this testing process. Should you
have any questions please give me a call.
Christopher A. Pratt