2017-18 New Hampshire State Assessment System (NH SAS)


With the change from SBAC to the new NH SAS, educators have questions to help prepare for this years assessment and to understand what has changed. Following are some questions and answers that we know educators have asked. We will update this as we learn more.


Frequently Asked Questions



  • What vendors are administering the assessment this year?

    • College board will continue to administer the 11th grade SAT.

    • AIR will continue to administer grades 3-8 Math and ELA, they will also administer Science this year.

    • DLM will continue to administer the alternative assessment. This year for Math, ELA as well as Science.


  • How will the structure of the assessment change?

    • Each section (math, science, ELA and writing) will take approximately 2 hours.

    • There will no longer be a performance task, although the writing section will have a writing prompt. There will be just one writing prompt.

    • There will no longer be a class activity.

    • The assessments, will continue to be adaptive, so questions will get harder or easier based upon student responses to better identify a student's ability.

    • The number of questions will be reduced overall.

    • The scaled score ranges will change but are not yet defined.


  • Will there be any changes to the grades tested?

    • Yes, Science will now be grades 5, 8 and 11 (5th rather than 4th).


  • Will the assessments be here for more than one year?

    • The AIR contract is for the next four years and can be renewed by the NH DOE beyond that time.


  • When is the testing window?

    • Grades 3-8 AIR testing window is March 13 to June 8 - this applies for all four components (Math, ELA, Writing and Science).

    • Grade 11 SAT will be administered on March 12 – the makeup date is April 10.

  • How are students Registered?

    • AIR assessed students will be registered via the i4see IncomingStudentRoster submission - registrations will be accepted on an ongoing basis through the end of testing.

    • DLM assessed students will be registered via the i4see NH-Alt Registration Submission -- registrations are due January 31st.

    • SAT registration will be done via the i4see IncomingStudentRoster submission - the due date has not yet been defined.


  • Will the Math and ELA assessments have the same sections as last year?

    • Math will be similar. ELA will change. There will now be two different subject tests; ELA and Writing. Writing will be separated from the rest of ELA. Additionally, the ‘Claim’ of ‘Research’ will no longer be reported as an individual claim.

  • Will the assessments still be based on the same standards?

    • Yes the Math and ELA assessment will still be based on the NH College and Career Readiness Standards. The expectation is that schools will be able to compare results from SBAC to the new NH SAS.

    • The Science assessment will be based upon the NextGen Science standards.


  • How will schools administer the AIR assessments?

    • Access will be done through the NH.PORTAL.AIRAST.ORG. This is the portal that was used for the last three years of the SBAC. It will now be used for all subjects.


  • Will the Interim Assessments be available?

    • Yes, interim assessments (and the rest of the Portal) will be available on November 21st.

    • The Interim content will come from the Utah SAGE practice tests.



  • When will AIR results be available?

    • Results will be available in the ORS approximately 10 days after each student has completed the subject assessment.

  • Will accommodations be available?

    • Accommodations will continue to be available as in prior SBAC years. However, this year, schools will have to record 504 plan accommodations to validate the appropriateness of the accommodation.


  • Will the questions still come from SBAC (Smarter Balanced)?

    • Questions will be created by AIRCore (AIR-owned items aligned to Common Core State Standards; also known as ICCR). They have been used as part of several other state assessment tests..