Next Generation Science Standards - February 6

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Greetings from NFA.  We strive to ensure that all Norwich Free Academy students receive an education that prepares them to thrive in civic life and a global economy.  As you may know, Connecticut has adopted challenging academic standards including the Connecticut Core Standards in mathematics and language arts, as well as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  With a firm grounding in these subjects, by the time Connecticut students graduate from high school, they will be ready to succeed in college and the workplace.  Our teachers and administrators are committed to working together to support students with sound instruction and resources to meet the NGSS expectations. 

With statewide learning goals, Connecticut needs ways to measure student progress.  Assessments are like academic checkups; they help teachers and parents see where students are, compared to where they need to be.  The results can reveal areas where a student excels and areas where a student needs extra help.  The state requires assessments in the subject areas of English language arts and mathematics using the Smarter Balanced Assessment at the elementary and middle school levels, and in Grade 11 using the SAT, which can also be used as a college entrance exam.  The state requires assessments in science as well, in Grades 5, 8, and 11, using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Assessment.

The NGSS Assessment is administered on computers.  It measures skills in real-world science questions that require students to demonstrate an understanding of the content.  In all statewide assessments, additional supports are available for students with special needs, as determined by an individualized education program (IEP) or 504 Plan. 

Norwich Free Academy will administer the NGSS  Assessment,  Thursday, March 5, during F channel (7:25-9:20 a.m.).  Students should check the student portal for test locations.

If you have questions about the NGSS Assessment, please contact me at (860) 425-5500 or


David J. Klein
Head of School