NH- Statewide Assessment System

NH Statewide Assessment System (NH SAS) 2019 

Dear NHS Parent/Guardian:

Each year, students in grades 3 through 8 participate in the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NH SAS). Within this system, some students may take the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Assessment, as designed in their active individualized education program (IEP).  

This year, your child will take the following assessments, depending on their grade level:

  • NH SAS for English language arts/writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 8

  • NH SAS for science in grades 5, 8, and 11

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 are required to submit a letter (hard copy or e-mail) specifying which child(ren) and whether or not the exemption applies to all of the subject area assessments, or particular ones (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science for grades 5 and 8). Please contact Erik Anderson, Principal, directly.  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 dates for the NH SAS, at North Hampton School, are as follows:

Grade 3- May 14th (ELA-Reading); May 15th (ELA-Writing); May 21st (Math)

Grade 4- May 22nd (ELA-Reading); May 23rd (ELA-Writing); May 28th (Math)

Grade 5- May 9th (Science); May 14th (Math); May 22nd (ELA-Reading); May 23rd (ELA-Writing)

Grade 6- May 28th (ELA-Reading); May 29th (ELA-Writing); May 30th (Math)

Grade 7- May 28th (ELA-Reading); May 29th (ELA-Writing); May 30th (Math)

Grade 8- May 28th (ELA-Reading); May 29th (ELA-Writing); May 30th (Math); May 31st (Science)


The amount of time allotted for each section of the assessment is as follows:



English Language Arts/Reading

2 hours

English Language Arts/Writing

1.5 hours


2 hours


2 hours   

North Hampton School will send student results (a student’s Individual Score Report) home when they are available, but after testing and the school year is completed.  Parents may access more information about the NH SAS by going to the NH-DOE website https://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/assessment/index.htm

If you have any questions related to this assessment administration, you may contact Erik M. Anderson at 964-5501.

Thank you for encouraging and supporting your children to do their very best during this assessment administration.


Erik M. Anderson


North Hampton School