PODCAST: Test Day

In this month's podcast, we talk with Scott Marion, director of the Center for Assessment in Dover, about assessments, their value and limitations, and...

SAT scores improve for New Hampshire students

The average SAT scores for New Hampshire students rose about 3% from previous years, according to the New Hampshire Department of Education. All 11th...

Colleges & universities dropping SAT and ACT writing test requirements

Many colleges and universities are ending the requirement for the writing portion of the SAT or ACT in admissions, favoring writing samples, teacher recommendations,...

Do grades demonstrate the potential of each student?

When we think about school, it’s almost impossible to imagine the experience without letter grades and grade point averages. But does a number, like...

Capturing student learning and growth through competency and portfolio grading

As learning environments become more focused on group work to nurture high-demand skills--like collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving, one of the top concerns is how...

The Nation’s Report Card: What it is, what it isn’t, and how it can...

In April, New Hampshire was recognized as one of the top performing states in math and reading according to the National Assessment of Educational...
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Guest Post: High School Testing – exploring its purpose and potential

What good is high school testing that does not count towards students’ grades, cannot be used for college admission or placement, and is barely...

On NAEP scores, “proficient” does not mean performing at grade level

The recently released NAEP scores, which measure student performance in terms like "basic," "proficient," and "advanced," do not indicate whether or not students are...
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NH Ranks at the Top According to NAEP, but Significant Achievement Gap Persists

New Hampshire remains one of the highest achieving states in the nation for fourth and eighth-grade math and reading, according to a recent report...

SAT may not align with NH learning standards, research suggests

New Hampshire has used the College Board's SAT assessment to satisfy the high school testing requirement since 2015. Since then, every 11th grader has...