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This page contains materials that may be useful for preparing students for the NECAP assessments.

  Extended Response Scoring Guides 
This document provides literacy scoring rubrics for the Extended Writing Prompts at grades 5 and 8 (Test Session 2).

Hundreds Table and Multiplication Chart
Students in grades 3 through 8 will be permitted to use 100s charts and multiplication charts during NECAP mathematics testing. However, they must use the "official" NECAP support materials, which may be downloaded below:


Mathematics Reference Sheets
New this year are Mathematics Reference Sheets which will now include the Cartesian distance formula and the formula for measures of interior angles of a polygon. Protractors will no longer be provided since they are not needed to answer any of the math items at these two grades.


Tip Sheets
The NECAP Tip Sheets will help teachers prepare students in grades 3-8 for the NECAP testing. The tip sheets cover important terms that may be new to some students, as well as information on using "bubble sheets" and the math assessment "tool kit." Special tips for the grades 5 and 8 writing test are also provided.


Writing Reference Sheet (Grades 5 and 8)
All students at grades 5 and 8 will once again participate in the writing test and receive scores. Last year's writing pilot test provided excellent data which will inform the next several years of administration. Changes include the following:

  • Session 2, the extended writing prompt, formerly included a planning box with three short questions. At grade 5 the planning boxes have been
    replaced by a checklist that identifies elements that should be included in "a complete response". At grade 8 the planning boxes have been replaced by a bulleted list of "things to consider before writing" in addition to the checklist. The planning boxes did not appear in last year's pilot test, but have appeared in released item materials from previous years.
  • A minor change in formatting: A bold heading now identifies the type of writing required for each constructed response and extended response.
  • The presentation of stimulus materials for the report writing prompt may now occur in either a web or bulleted list format. Formerly, materials were presented in bulleted lists only.

Alignment Charts for Grade 4, 8, and Grade 11
These charts identify the alignment between each released item for that grade and a specific GE or Target. Content Domain and DOK levels are also provided.

Depth of Knowledge Descriptions (DOK)
These materials provide an overview of the levels of cognitive complexity that classroom questions and assessment items might address. The question, "How deeply are students interacting with the science content?" can be answered.

Grade Expectation Alignment
To identify Grade Expectation alignment information for each assessment item, see specific GEs for a selected science domain: PS=Physical Science, LS=Life Science, ESS=Earth/Space Science. The item code and a description of the assessment target is found in the box above each item. In the Grade Expectations chart the assessment codes are displayed in the left-hand column in red.

Guidelines for the Development of Science Inquiry Tasks
This document was developed by the science team from New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont to define and clarify the components of inquiry for the NECAP Science inquiry tasks. Teachers may also find this a valuable tool to assist in designing inquiry tasks and incorporating inquiry-based instruction into their classrooms.

Science Target Document 
This document includes the Grade 4, Grade 8 and Grade 11 targets that are used for development of the NECAP Science assessment items. These seven targets are based on the Vermont Grade Expectations and the National Science Education Standards.

  • Targets Aligned to Vermont Grade Expectations (GEs)
    The attached document indicates the Vermont Science content GEs at each grade cluster that are 'fair game' for state assessment items. Also included is the ceiling depth of knowledge (DOK) level for each of these GEs. No items will appear on the NECAP Science Assessment with a DOK greater than 3. However, a DOK of 4 is encouraged for grades 5-8 and 9-12 in local assessment tasks. NOTE: This document is designed to be printed on legal size paper (8.5"x14").

Science Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
As a result of educators' questions during the Fall 2008 Science Network meeting regarding NECAP Science concerns, this FAQ was created and is available on the department's Web site at This information may be helpful in your discussions with educators and community members about NECAP Science.

Test Taking Strategies 
This document contains a list of tips for teachers to share with students in preparation for the NECAP Science Assessment.

Unifying Themes: Six Classroom Perspectives on Understanding of Science 
The science concepts addressed by the NECAP Science Assessment can be classified into six Unifying Themes, or big ideas of science. These categories appear in many national science standards documents and represent broad ways of thinking about science (in any content area), rather than specific theories or discoveries. This document provides a summary of these six themes.

Page Last Updated on March 2, 2015