School and District Assessment-Action Plans

Grade Level Curricula

Please click on the links below to view the entire elementary curricula documents, by grade-level.  These documents include classroom instruction in english language arts, mathematics, science, health, and social studies.  SAU #29 documents are updated on a continuous revision cycle and those updates allow the documents to change and evolve over time.  English language arts and mathematics are aligned to meet the new national Common Core State Standards and science, health, and social studies are aligned with the New Hampshire state standards. 

We are grateful to the many educators involved on curriculum committees and with summer curriculum writing projects - ensuring that guides are teacher-friendly and aim for uniform implementation.  

Parents can connect to a variety of LEARNING RESOURCES, including Common Core Standards guides developed by the National PTA by clicking on our Parents & Students tab.

School and District Assessment

Assessments have always existed in education, but today we witness a "perfect storm convergence" of conditions that make assessment a visible focal point. We are in an era of accountability, have access to more data, and are expected to provide differentiated instruction to a wide-range of learners. And while data generated from assessments can be a powerful tool, if utilized properly. 

SAU 29 believes in "triangulation"–or looking at multiple data points in an effort to drive decision making.    

  • Preassessments: assessments that gauge the learners’ prior knowledge, skill, or understanding before initial instruction occurs.  An example of this would be a teacher-created quiz about multiplication that would be given to students prior to a new multiplication math unit.  The information helps teachers understand who has already mastered the learning target.
  • Formative Assessment: assessments that occur during instruction to provide data on how to steer or “inform” subsequent instruction. An example of this is NWEA’s MAP test.
  • Summative Assessment: assessments that occur at the end of instruction to get a final read on what the learner obtained. An example of this is the NECAP test. 

NECAP  (New England Common Assessment Program):

NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program):

NECAP Results

What is Tested
Who Is Tested
When Is Testing
What is Done with Testing Data
For More Information
Math Grades 3-8 & 11 October
Individual student results provided to parents in Spring.

NHDOE uses data to determine if a school and district have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under NCLB. 

Schools use these data to help steer school improvement goals and to look at trend data about where to focus professional development.

Individual student results provided to parents in Fall.
Schools use these data to help steer school improvement goals and to look at trend data about where to focus science professional development or program changes.
Reading Grades 3-8 & 11 October
Writing Grades 5, 8, 11 October
Science Grades 4, 8, 11 May

What Works in Schools

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are a high-leverage strategy that can increase student learning. 

Click here to see SAU 29 PLC Common Understandings, created and adopted by the SAU 29 Professional Development Committee.

Gifted and Talented Parent Presentation