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Throughout Vermont in the month of May, students in grades 4, 8 and 11 will be taking the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) assessment for science. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an overview of the assessment program. I am hoping you will help us encourage all of our students to give this test their very best effort. All tests will be given next week. Grade 4 will test on May 20-22. Grade 8 will test on May 18-20 and Grade 11 will test on May 18 and 20.
NECAP is a comprehensive set of tests that cover a broad range of learning expectations in science administered at grades 4, 8 and 11 in the spring. The science assessment targets were developed and adopted collaboratively by the departments of education in New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Full documentation of the learning expectations for each grade is posted on individual state department of education websites.
The NECAP science tests include the following types of items:
Sessions 1 & 2
- Multiple-choice items (1 point each) which require students to select the correct answer from four possible responses; and
- Constructed-response items (4 points each) which require students to respond to a question by using words, pictures, diagrams, charts or tables to fully explain their response.
- Short-answer items (2 points each) and constructed-response items (3 points each), which require students to apply inquiry skills to a scientific situation and respond using words, pictures, diagrams, charts or tables to show their thinking and explain their response.