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Pelham - Windham News | November 4, 2011 - 3


The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor


Windham Helping Hands Extends Tanks to all who Helped


With Breakfast Fundraiser


Windham’s Helping Hands is grateful to the community for its support in the recent Common Man Breakfast fundraiser. Te event was coordinated by the Windham Fire Department as they held their annual fundraiser to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Windham’s Helping Hands. A huge thank you to the Common Man Restaurant, that was as always, very generous to our community. Te restaurant donated all the food and forfeited a day’s business! Many thanks also to all the individuals and businesses that donated wonderful raffle and auction items. To the very special firefighters and the awesome Golden Brook School ladies who donated their time, energy and beautiful spirit, we very much appreciate everything you did to make the event the success that it was. Windham’s Helping Hands helps many families in the community who are in need. By working together, we can all reach out to our neighbors!


Patti Letizio, Windham’s Helping Hands - Windham


NH Students Continue to Excel on the NAEP Mathematics and Reading Assessments


submitted by NH Department of Education The release of Grades four and eight Mathematics and Reading results for the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often referred to as “the Nation’s Report Card,” given to New Hampshire students last school year confirms the academic achievement of New Hampshire students. For both assessments in both grades, the percentage of New Hampshire students demonstrating Proficiency on the NAEP assessment increased compared to the previous assessment given in 2009. Along with Massachusetts, New Hampshire grade four students, on average, continue to have the highest performance compared to grade four students in all other states and jurisdictions throughout the nation on the NAEP Mathematics assessment. For Reading, New Hampshire grade four students retained their standing as one of the top-six highest performing states in the nation. Of the six, only Massachusetts had higher achievement that was statistically significant compared to New Hampshire. For grade eight, New Hampshire students were among the top-ten highest performing states in the Nation on both the Mathematics and Reading assessments. Only two states - Massachusetts and Minnesota, had higher achievement that was statistically significant compared to New Hampshire on the grade eight Mathematics assessment. For Reading, only three states - Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey, had higher achievement that was statistically significant compared to New Hampshire’s grade eight students. With the exception of grade eight Mathematics, New Hampshire students saw an Average Scale Score increase of one point in 2011 compared to the previous NAEP assessment in 2009. New Hampshire students reaching an achievement level of at or above Proficient also increased by one percentage point for grades four and eight Mathematics and grade eight Reading, while grade four Reading experienced an increase of two percentage points from 2009 to 2011.


The National Assessment of Educational Progress is conducted at both the state and the national level. For both grades, four and eight, the Scale Scores were set ranging from zero to 500. With respect to achievement levels for the assessment, the Proficient level represents solid academic performance with a demonstration of competency of challenging subject matter. For the NAEP 2011 Mathematics assessment, nearly 200,000 grade four students and 165,000 grade eight students were assessed nationwide. In New Hampshire, approximately 3,300 grade four students and 2,700 grade eight students were assessed. For the NAEP 2011 Reading assessment, approximately 203,000 grade four students and 158,000 grade eight students were assessed nationwide. In New Hampshire, approximately 3,300 grade four students and 2,600 grade eight students were assessed. NAEP selects a representative sample of students by first randomly selecting schools and then selecting the students within those schools who will participate in a given NAEP assessment. Because of the matrix sampling NAEP does not provide individual scores for students or schools. The New Hampshire students sampled from both grades and for both NAEP assessments resembled the actual demographics of the entire New Hampshire student population for both grades.


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In order to provide a better understanding of NAEP results and trend implications, New Hampshire’s NAEP State Coordinator prepared two trend analysis reports for the New Hampshire Department of Education (Grades four and eight Reading Results Trend Analysis www.education.


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nh.gov/instruction/assessment/ naep/documents/reading_trend_ analysis2011.pdf and Grades four and eight Mathematics Results Trend Analysis www.education. nh.gov/instruction/assessment/ naep/documents/math_trend_ analysis2011.pdf. Both reports look at NAEP result from 2003 to 2011, providing comparisons to the Nation, New England states, and student subgroups within New Hampshire. The reports include demographic descriptions for each state and jurisdiction in the United States, including race/ ethnicity, socio-economic, English language proficiency, Disability status, and per pupil expenditure. Trend analysis is provided for each demographic subgroup as well as student performance differences based upon parental education levels. Finally, trend analysis on sub-measures of each assessment is provided. For questions regarding New Hampshire’s NAEP 2011


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