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NECAP test results show drop in reading, math; gain in writing

CONCORD — New Hampshire students last fall fared slightly worse in reading and math but better in writing on standardized tests than a year earlier, officials announced Friday.

The results mark the final year New Hampshire students will take the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), which are given to students in grades three through eight as well as 11th.

In reading, 77 percent of students tested were proficient or above proficient, compared to 79 percent the year before.

In math, 65 percent of students scored proficient or above proficient versus 68 percent the previous year.

In writing, 58 percent of students tested were proficient or above, compared to 55 percent the year before.

Over the next few weeks, schools and districts will be examining their results and paying particular attention to the growth of individual students and groups of students, according to the state board of Education.

“Administrators, local school improvement teams and teachers will also use these results to measure the effectiveness of program changes and instructional strategies they have implemented in recent years,” the department said in a statement announcing the results.

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