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Smarter Balanced Assessment Information

The Smarter Balanced Assessment replaced the NECAP assessment in mathematics and English language arts in the spring of 2015.  The Smarter Balanced testing window opened statewide on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The window is 12 calendar weeks and will end on Friday, June 9, 2017.


What is a Computer Adaptive Test?

Practice & Training Tests

The practice tests mirror the Smarter Balanced summative assessments in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.  Each test provides a grade-specific testing experience, including a variety of question types and difficulty levels (approximately 30 items each in mathematics and ELA), as well as a performance task.  All universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations approved by Smarter Balanced are available on the practice tests.  Language supports, including translated glossaries and stacked Spanish translation, are available on mathematics Practice and Training Tests.

The training tests are designed to provide an opportunity to quickly familiarize you with the software and navigational tools used for the Smarter Balanced Assessments.  Training tests are available for both mathematics and ELA and are organized by grade bands (grades 3 – 5, grades 6 -8, and grades 9 – 11), with each test containing 5 – 10 questions.  The questions on the training test were selected to provide students with an opportunity to practice a range of question types.  The training tests do not contain performance tasks.

Access the practice and training tests here. Click sign in and choose the test you would like to try.


Additional Resources

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

New Hampshire Department of Education

NH DOE Smarter Balanced Portal

Learning Heroes Skill Builder Resource

PTA New Hampshire Assessment Guide