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posted Mar 22, 2019, 10:46 AM by Suzanne Laliberte

Dear Parent/Guardian:

This year, your child will take the following assessments:

  • NH SAS for math, reading and writing for all grades and science for students in grades 5 & 8 will take place in May.

  • Students who have the most significant cognitive disabilities are eligible to take the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Assessment, as designed in their active individualized education program (IEP)

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 child from the state assessment (permitted in RSA 193-C:6), you must submit a form to the school the student attends. Please contact me to receive a copy of the exemption form. Please understand that if you choose to exempt your child from the assessment, no scores or summary of individual student performance, based on the statewide assessment, will be provided to you or your child.  

The testing times for the NH SAS are as follow:

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Student results for the NH SAS are generally available within 10 days upon the student completing the test. Gilford Middle School will send a student’s Individual Score Report home as soon as possible after receiving the official results, and certainly by the end of the school year.

DLM scores will be released to districts in early July. 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.airast.org/training-tests.stml.

Our teachers have been providing practice and information regarding how to approach taking the assessment to our students in preparation for taking the test. 

If you have any questions related to this assessment administration, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for supporting your child and encouraging him/her to do their best during this assessment administration.


Peter Sawyer

GMS Principal