NH Statewide Assessment System (NHSAS)

Family Letter Overview

Dear SAU 67 Families: 

Each year, students in grades 3 through 8 participate in the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NH SAS).  Students in grade 11 participate in the College Board School Day SAT and NH SAS science assessment. Students with cognitive disabilities are eligible to take the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Assessment, as designed in their individualized education plan (IEP). 

In Spring 2024, your child will take the following assessments: 

Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Section 1111(b)(2) and New Hampshire law, RSA 193-C:6 requires each school district in the State to implement a set of high-quality academic assessments that includes, at a minimum, assessments in mathematics, reading/language arts and science to be administered in each of grades 3-8 and not less than once during grades 10-12; and in science not less than once during grades 3-5, grades 6-9, and grades 10-12. Furthermore, ESSA sections 1111(b)(2)(B) require State assessments to be the “same academic assessments used to measure the achievement of all public elementary school and secondary school students in the State,” and provide for the participation in such assessments to all students.

State 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, and help inform future instruction in the classroom. Along with student work on classroom assignments, projects, essays, and local assessments, state assessment results give teachers and you, the parents, important information about where students are on their path toward academic success. If you choose to exempt your student from the state assessment (permitted in RSA 193-C:6), you must submit a form to the school the student attends. Please contact your student’s building principal to receive a copy of the exemption form. Please understand that if you choose to exempt your student from the assessment, no scores or summary of individual student performance, based on the statewide assessment, will be provided to you or your student. 

The general amount of time it takes for a student to take the NH SAS and School Day SAT are located to the left of this letter.

Student results for the spring NH SAS (reading/writing, mathematics and science) are generally available within 10 days upon the student completing the test. Parents will have access to their child's results via the parent portal found here: https://nh-familyportal.cambiumast.com/ .

School Day SAT results will be available to students in early May. Students may retrieve their results through their personal SAT account. 

Spring DLM scores will be released to districts in Fall. Schools will then send home to each family the Individual Score Report for each student who took the DLM assessment as soon as possible upon receiving the results.

Parents may access training tests for the NH SAS by going to the portal at https://nh.portal.cambiumast.com/families.html .

If you have any questions related to this assessment administration, contact your student’s building administrator.  Thank you for supporting your student and encouraging him/her to do his/her best during this assessment administration.

Sincerely, 

Owen Harrington

Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

oharrington@bownet.org