Educators in SAU 50 use many assessment resources to provide information on student learning and growth.  Local and state assessments are used to make instructional decisions for the school, classroom, and individual students.

New Hampshire State Assessment

Each year, students in grades 3 through 8 participate in the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NH SAS).

 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 in science not less than once during grades 3-5 and grades 6-9. 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.

The testing times for the NH SAS are as follows:

Grades 3-8

NH SAS for ELA/Writing/Mathematics 

English Language Arts/Reading

2 hours, 15 minutes

English Language Arts/Writing

2 hours


2 hours, 15 minutes

Grades 5 and 8

NH SAS for Science 


2 hours


Each school is working hard to ensure students have access to the assessments in a safe environment.  According to the NH Department of Education, “The assessments must be taken in person.  If a parent/guardian is not comfortable with having their child take the assessment in person, they can choose to exempt their child from participation.”

You are allowed to exempt your child from participation in the state assessment (permitted in RSA 193-C:6) You must complete and submit an exemption form. Please contact your child’s school to receive a copy of the exemption form.  Please understand, if you choose to exempt your child from the assessment, no scores or summary of individual student performance, based on the statewide assessment, will be provided to you or your student.

NH State Assessment Exemption Form

Students results for the NH SAS (reading/writing, mathematics and science) are generally available upon the student completing the test.  Schools will send a student’s Individual Score Report home before the end of the school year.  If you prefer to see the results once your child completes the assessment, please contact the school principal.

The NH Department of Education has developed a comprehensive website  that is available to everyone.  There are resources and information about the test for parents and students.  Parents may access training tests by going to:  

If you have questions, please contact your child’s classroom teacher or school principal.

Updated January 2022.







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