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NH Statewide Assessment System

Each year, elementary students in grades 3 & 4 participate in the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NH SAS). Please visit this link to access the 2019 assessment window:

This year, the FES 3rd & 4th grade students will take the following NH SAS assessments:

  • English Language Arts
  • Writing
  • Mathematics

FES plans to test students during the following days from 10 am – 12:00 noon:

  • Grade 4: Monday 4/8, Wednesday 4/10, Monday 4/15
  • Grade 3: Tuesday 4/9, Thursday 4/11, Wednesday 4/17

Please make every effort to ensure your child is at school during these times. If for some reason, you know your child will be absent, please let us know as soon as possible so we can arrange for an alternative testing session.

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

The testing times for the NH SAS are as follows:

Grades 3-8 NHSAS for ELA/Writing/ Mathematics (hours)
English Language Arts/


English Language Arts/


Mathematics 2:00

FES will send your student’s Individual Score Report home as soon as possible after receiving results from the State of NH.

Parents may access training tests for the NH SAS by going to the portal at https://nh.portal.airast.org/training-tests.stml.

 If you have any questions related to this assessment administration, you may contact your child’s teacher or me.  Thank you for supporting your student and encouraging him/her to do his/her best during this assessment administration.


Katherine Foecking

FES Principal