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NECAP Fall Test Results Released
submitted by NH Department of Education The results of the Fall 2010 New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) for grades three through eight and high school were released by Commissioner of Education Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D. Commissioner Barry was pleased to note that New Hampshire schools continue to make progress in helping students meet challenging standards in reading, mathematics, and writing. This is the sixth year that New Hampshire’s third- through eighth-grade students have taken the NECAP and the fourth year the NECAP test has been administered at the high school level. Statewide, 77 percent of our students in grades 3-8 and 11 demonstrated proficiency in reading and 66 percent did the same in mathematics. Writing continues to improve and this year; 55 percent of our students scored proficient or better. “We are particularly proud of our eighth grade students and the teachers who worked with them,”
stated Commissioner Barry. “This class showed impressive gains in all areas, and with 78 percent scoring proficient or better in reading, had the best average scale score of any grade .” The data provides a comprehensive view of performance in mathematics, reading, and writing based on the New Hampshire Grade-Level Expectations. The NH academic standards are embedded in the New Hampshire Curriculum Frameworks for Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The NECAP results provide the opportunity for districts, schools, and the Department to examine how effective we are in helping students achieve these standards. “The Department continues to
work with educators and constituency groups to transform NH’s educational system by addressing four broad areas: Standards and Assessments, Effective Teachers and Leaders, Data Systems, and Turnaround of Struggling Schools.
Norman Martin, Candidate for Hudson School Board
Hello, my name is Normand G. Martin, and I am announcing my candidacy for the Town of Hudson School Board. I am currently serving as a member of the Hudson Budget Committee. I seek one of the open seats for the School Board for several reasons; one being that I think that as a town, we need to look at reducing the overall budget of the schools and find ways to cap spending in this economy. Not only in this economy, but as we move forward and the economy gets better, we need to continue to cap spending. There are several areas within the budget that need to be looked as a School Board, but I think it is time that this took place. I do not want to sit idle on spending caps; I want to look at them starting this year and make changes soon. Fiscal restraint is what is needed and I want to be part of that on the School Board. As a School Board, there needs to be more fighting back of the unfunded state mandates to the local districts. We need to make the state funds what they want the school districts to do and if they do not, then the mandates do not get done. If we continue to fund all the mandates, the taxpayers are going to scream and will be going bankrupt. All of the taxpayers know that they do not have
deep pockets, so it is time for the School Board to fight the state on their unfunded mandates to the district. I want to use my voice to speak up for the
taxpayers and save as much as we can to keep the tax rate down on the school side. We cannot allow our state to keep mandating and not fight back. It is time we fight back. The state already won the kindergarten mandate, but if elected to the School Board, I will be a big opponent against unfunded mandates.
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Although we need to cap spending, I also feel that is time this school district start looking at the overall amount teachers are paid. I keep hearing that the teachers are not paid as well as some districts; well, it is time to look at what we can do to turn this trend around. Teachers educate our future leaders and they need to be paid comparable to other districts. The talent is hard to find and the dedication is hard to find. Let’s stop the talking and start the doing— enough is enough. I look forward to serving the Town of Hudson as a School Board member, and look forward to your vote on March 8 at the community center.
NECAP is a critical tool in assessing the effectiveness of these reforms at both the system level and at the student level,” stated Commissioner Barry. She also said, “Schools that are experiencing a leveling of scores should continue their efforts to use data to inform a variety of teaching strategies that are effective and meaningful to student needs. Schools should carefully review current teaching methodologies and focus on intentional teaching directed at individual student needs, particularly in the area of mathematics.” Local Trends: Over the next few weeks, schools and districts will be examining their own data and paying particular attention to the growth of individual students and groups of students. Administrators, local school improvement teams, and teachers can also use these results to measure the effectiveness of program changes and instructional strategies they have implemented based on previous results and analyses.
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There are four achievement levels of student performance on the NECAP tests. These levels describe a student’s proficiency on the content and skills taught in the previous grade. Performance at Proficient (level 3) or Proficient with Distinction (level 4) indicates that the student has a level of proficiency necessary to begin working successfully on current grade content and skills. Performance at Partially Proficient (level 2) or Substantially Below Proficient (level 1) suggests that additional instruction and student practice is needed on the previous grade’s content and skills. NECAP is a collaborative partnership among New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Maine in grades 3-8 established in response to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which requires that all states annually measure achievement of students in grades 3-8, and in one high school grade. While the Commissioner indicates that she is pleased with the information that the NECAP assessment provides,
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she offered the reminder that while the NECAP is an important measure of academic progress, it is only one of many ways that schools measure the progress of our students. In evaluating the success of students and schools, it is essential that parents, educators, and community leaders consider multiple forms of assessment, such as community involvement, attendance, graduation rates, the number of students pursuing further education after high school, school safety issues, discipline records, and other relevant information.
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schools, districts, and the state, as well as The Guide to Interpreting the 2010 NECAP Reports, can be accessed directly through the NH School District Profile site on the homepage of the NH DOE Website. Additional resources, information, and comparative graphs and charts can be found at www.education.nh.gov/instruction/
DES Commissioner Recognizes Honorable Mention Winners of the Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention
submitted by New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services The New Hampshire Department of
Environmental Services (DES) has announced Southeastern Container, Inc. of Hudson as a recipient of the 2010 Governor’s Honorable Mention Award for Pollution Prevention. This award recognizes efforts that businesses have made in implementing pollution prevention practices within their organization. DES Commissioner Tom Burack presented the award on January 27. Southeastern Container, Inc. (SEC) employs 80 people and is a high-volume manufacturer
freight and transportation by 64 metric tons, and switching to reusable totes, which has eliminated 271,000 pounds of cardboard waste annually. These efforts save the company over $380,000 per year. The Granite Award winners were honored in a ceremony with Governor Lynch on January 10.
of plastic containers for the Coca-Cola bottling system. They are also a past recipient of multiple Governor’s Pollution Prevention Awards, including the 2009 Governor’s Award. This year, SEC is awarded for further reducing the amount of plastic in their bottles, reducing their CO2
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