For the 2013-2014 school year 27 schools participated in the SBAC field test in lieu of administering the fall NECAP assessments. Participation in the SBAC field test was voluntary. While the state is required to report statewide results, there is evidence to suggest that the exclusion of these 27 schools makes statewide results unrepresentative of all students in the state. Therefore, 2013 NECAP reading, writing and math assessments do not accurately reflect state-level achievement and should be excluded in any state-level comparisons over time.
It is appropriate to make comparisons at the school level for those schools that did administer the fall 2013 NECAP assessments. It is possible for schools that did participate in the SBAC field to have limited results for the fall 2013 NECAP assessments. This occurs because results are often reported by the school where the learning occurred (teaching school) and not the school where the test was administered (testing school).