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NGSS Testing and Schedule

Dear NCHS Family,

The State requires assessments in science for eleventh grade, using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Assessment Test. The assessments are designed to measure current levels of student performance in relation to State standards. By virtue of our educational program, which incorporates state standards and expectations, our students are well prepared for this experience.

A testing window by CSDE has been established from March to May. Juniors will be utilizing school-provided technology to complete these online  assessments. NCHS will administer  these  assessments to all juniors from 7:30-9:30 AM on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 . We have chosen this date to be minimally disruptive as it falls after the completion of Advanced Placement (AP) testing and seniors’ departure for the Senior Internship Program (SIP).  While the assessment is untimed, we anticipate most students will complete it within 90 minutes and have set up the schedule accordingly. Any student who does not complete the assessment during this window will pause the test and complete it  at a later time.

Juniors who are full time Remote Learners may also complete the assessment from home. More information will follow regarding this process to those students.

Following the testing, NCHS will run a 2 Hour Delayed Opening Schedule (see below) for all students with classes beginning at 9:30AM. Buses will run at their usual pick-up and drop off times. Any 9th, 10th or 12th grade student who is in the school but not testing should report to the library so as not to disrupt testing.

The information gained from NGSS Assessments will become part of each child’s academic record. In addition to providing schools with information about individual student achievement,  aggregate performance levels  will also be used as sources of comparative data for schools and districts Statewide.

Please do all that you can to ensure your junior is present and on time for the assessment. Since we know that illness and family emergencies may occasionally occur during testing, we will make arrangements for those requiring test make-ups. We encourage you to help your child view the upcoming testing in a positive way – as an opportunity to demonstrate what he/she knows and is able to do. Additional resources regarding Next Generation Science Standards can be found on the state’s website.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the scheduled assessment, please contact Larry Sullivan at (203) 594-4677 or .



Bill Egan      Larry Sullivan

Principal      Assistant Principal


NGSS Schedule for May 18