The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). An Introduction of the (now) 4-State Assessment Collaborative Reading and Writing. Which States Participate in NECAP?. No Child Left Behind Requirements. Each State Shall…
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An Introduction of the (now) 4-State Assessment Collaborative
Reading and Writing
Each State Shall…
Develop and implement a statewide accountability system that will be effective in ensuring that all local educational agencies, public elementary schools and public secondary schools make adequate yearly progress
NECAP is the assessment used by four New England states to meet the testing and accountability requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Maine will adopt NECAP reading and mathematics GLEs at high school, but will NOT adopt NECAP high school testing.
Maine will continue with the SAT Initiative including the Mathematics Augment and Science Tests as in previous years. These tests will continue to be administered during the spring of grade 11.
The 2007 Maine Learning Results are still very much in effect and describe the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills expected to be taught and learned at all grades and in all content areas.
The complete set of NECAP standards (GLEs) is posted on the MDOE MeCAS webpage at:
Until the MLRs are modified, instruction should be informed by the current PEIs unless there is a discrepancy between them and the NECAP GLEs. In those instances, instruction should reflect the NECAP GLEs.
NECAP assesses the learning of one year (teaching year) at the beginning of the following year (testing year), so grades 2-7 are assessed at the beginning of grades 3-8 in reading and mathematics.
Fourth and seventh grade writing standards are assessed at the beginning of grades 5 and 8.
Alternate assessments are provided for students in grades 2-7.
The testing window begins on October 1st, or the first school day following October 1st, each year and is 3 weeks long.
Maine’s first administration of the NECAP tests will begin on October 1, 2009 and continue through October 22nd. Materials will be picked up on October 23rd.
Types of Questions (Items)
The reading test consists of a combination of multiple-choice
(1 point) and constructed-response
(4 points) questions.
Reading passages are divided evenly between literary and informational text. Persuasive text is considered informational.
Each reading common test contains 2 long passages (4 MC, 1CR, 4MC, 1CR) and 2 short passages (4 MC, 1 CR), plus 4 stand alone MCs.
Questions are arranged in text order.
View the reading test design graphic at:
The NECAP standards articulate vocabulary strategies and breadth of vocabulary knowledge
initial understandings, analysis, and interpretation of literary and informational texts.
Students identify the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary by . . .
using strategies to unlock meaning
(e.g., knowledge of word structure, including prefixes/suffixes and base words; or context clues; or other resources, such as dictionaries, glossaries; or prior knowledge)
Breadth of Vocabulary:
Shows breadth of vocabulary knowledge through demonstrating understanding of word meanings or relationships by . . .
Selecting appropriate words or explaining the use of words in context, including, content specific vocabulary, words with multiple meanings, or precise vocabulary.
EXAMPLE (multiple meanings): Students explain the intended meanings of words found in text – Based on the way “spring” is used in this passage, would having a “spring” be necessary for survival?
Explain how you know.
Stand-alone vocabulary items measure the GLEs. Note that anything underlined in the GLE represents an addition from the previous grade. This will certainly be a priority for assessment development. Two examples of stand-alone vocabulary items at grade 8 are listed below:
An antonym for the word elevate is
Synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and other specific vocabulary knowledge is clearly articulated by grade level.
The root tract in the words attract and
Knowing roots, prefixes, and suffixes are included in the strategies demonstrating breadth of vocabulary.
Reading passages begin with a purpose setting statement (PSS) such as:
Read this passage about the early history of photography and then answer the
questions that follow.
Turner and his friend Lizzie are adrift in the ocean in a small boat. Turner watches as whales approach. Read this passage from the novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and then answer the questions that follow.
A Berlese funnel can be fun to make and useful to have. Read this article and then answer the questions that follow.
The passages will look very much like the MEA passages you are used to seeing.
Passages, excerpts, stories, articles, web pages, editorials and other text types are included on the NECAP and will be referred to as such with language that is grade appropriate.
Poems, though not on every test in every grade, are often presented in pairs.
NECAP reading standards include initial understanding:
Demonstrate initial understanding of elements of literary texts by…
Identifying or describing character(s), setting, problem/ solution, or plot, as appropriate to text; or identifying any significant changes in character or setting over time
EXAMPLE (of setting changing): In this poem, how does the farm’s appearance change over the years?
NECAP reading standards include
analysis and interpretations of text:
Analyze and interpret elements of literary texts, citing evidence where appropriate by…
Explaining how the author’s message or theme is supported within the text.
NECAP reading released items:
1/4 to 1/3 of the reading test will be released each year. View released items for a grade over several years to get the full sense of the reading test.
The NECAP writing test is
100% released each year.
View NECAP released writing tests and supporting information at:
NECAP reports will be available in late January 2010 and will consist of:
Maine Department of Education