NECAP Science Assessment

The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) Science Assessment is designed to measure student performance on grade span expectations (GSEs) in science.

This page contains overall information about the assessments, such as announcements, schedule, workshops, and technical reports. In the right menu, you can find links to pages containing details about requesting exemptions, view released items and results, and download test administration materials.


Released Items

Every year, some items from each of the NECAP assessments are released to the public, along with support materials and related examples of student work. 
Unless otherwise noted, all links are PDFs.

Grade 4

Released Items Support Materials Reference Sheet
2015 [1.1MB]
2014 [597KB]
2013 [337KB]
2012 [389KB]
2011 [464KB]
2010 [354KB]
2009 [295KB]
2008 [673KB]
2015 [23.9MB]
2014 [3.0MB]
2013 [4.1MB]
2012 [3.1MB]
2011 [15.9MB]
2010 [15.8MB]
2009 [5.7MB]
2008 [7.1MB]
None for 2015
None for 2014
None for 2013
None for 2012
None for 2011
None for 2010
None for 2009
None for 2008

Released Inquiry Tasks Answer Booklets Materials
2015: Percolation [1.9MB]
2014: Toy Skateboard Roll [646KB]
2013: Bees and Pollinators [1.37MB]
2012: Conductors and Insulators [657KB]
2011: Soil and Water [533KB]
2010: Sand Movers [1MB]
2009: Sled Pull [5.9MB]
2008: Birds and Beaks [1.6MB]
2015 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [762KB]
2014 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet  [400KB]
2013 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet  [722KB]
2012 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet  [389KB]
2011 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet  [864KB]
2010 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet  [1.1MB]
2009 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet  [1.3MB]
None for 2008
2015 Inquiry Task Setup Instructions [21KB]
2015 Inquiry Task Placemat [177KB]
2014 Inquiry Task Setup Instructions [101KB]
2014 Inquiry Task Placemat [129KB]
2014 Inquiry Task Distance Sheet [141KB] 
2013 Inquiry Task Setup Instructions [63KB]
2013 Inquiry Task Placemat [96KB]
2013 Inquiry Task Pollen Drop Off Sheet [93KB]  
2012 Inquiry Task Placemat [534KB]
2011 Inquiry Task Placemat [163KB]
2010 Inquiry Task Placemat [358KB]
2009 Inquiry Task Placemat [31KB]
2008 Inquiry Task Placemat [27KB]

Grade 8

Released Items Support Materials Reference Sheet
2015 [847KB]
2014 [1.2MB]
2013 [1.0MB]
2012 [727KB]
2011 [707KB]
2010 [1.3MB]
2009 [222KB]
2008 [447KB]
2015 [3.2MB]
2014 [3.2MB]
2013 [3.4MB]
2012 [3.4MB]
2011 [2.9MB]
2010 [15MB]
2009 [3.6MB]
2008 [2.7MB]
None for 2015
None for 2014
None for 2013
None for 2012
None for 2011
None for 2010
2009 [3.6MB]
None for 2008

Released Inquiry Tasks Answer Booklets Materials
2015: Force of Friction [1.0 MB]
2014: Ecosystem [624KB]
2013: Density [212KB]
2012: Ocean Currents [1.1MB]
2011: Fox and Rabbits [540KB]
2010: Mass and Matter [1.3MB]
2009: Pond Weeds [4.0MB]
2008: Colliding Plates [396KB]
2015 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [1.2MB]
2014 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [215KB]
2013 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [172KB]
2012 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [113KB]
2011 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [465KB]
2010 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [331KB]
2009 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [116KB]
None for 2008
2015 Inquiry Task Setup Instructions [21KB]
2015 Inquiry Task Placemat [124KB]

None for 2014
2013 Inquiry Task Setup Instructions [86KB]
2013 Inquiry Task Placemat [147KB]  
None for 2012
2011 Inquiry Task Rabbit Sheet [421KB] 
2011 Inquiry Task Transparencies Sheet [306KB]
2010 Inquiry Task Placemat [80KB]
None for 2009
2008 Inquiry Task Placemat [81KB]

Grade 11

Released Items Support Materials Reference Sheet
2015 [1.1MB]
2014 [319KB]
2013 [1.1MB]
2012 [390KB]
2011 [545KB]
2010 [822KB]
2009 [477KB]
2008 [505KB]
2015 [16.4MB]
2014 [3.0MB]
2013 [7.1MB]
2012 [3.8MB]
2011 [11.8MB]
2010 [10MB]
2009
[2.4MB]
2008 [2.6MB]
None for 2015
None for 2014
None for 2013
None for 2012
None for 2011
None for 2010
2009 [160KB]
None for 2008

Released Inquiry Tasks Answer Booklets Materials
2015: Aleutian Islands Kelp [1.5MB]
2014: The Throwing Contest [944KB]
2013: Lifetime of the Sun [504KB]
2012: Mercury in Fish [675KB]
2011: Antifreeze [963KB]
2010: Cod on Georges Bank [1MB]
2009: Location [1.3MB]
2008: Driver’s Ed (see 2008 Released Items document)
2015 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [231KB]
2014 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [107KB]
2013 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [175KB]
2012 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [107KB]
2011 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [105KB]
2010 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [154KB]
2009 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [116KB]
No Inquiry Task Answer Booklet for 2008
None for 2015
None for 2014
None for 2013
None for 2012
None for 2011
None for 2010
2009 Inquiry Task ShakeMap Sheet [3.7MB]
None for 2008