It is clear that the discontinuity (i.e., significant drop) in NECAP math scores between 8th grade and 11th was entirely anticipated and intentional. Whether or not that's a good idea, or why it was done, I can't say. But anyone who looks at the relative proficiency rates and concludes that they indicate a drop in performance or achievement in high school doesn't understand the situation. Primarily the test is harder. The NECAP doesn't tell us anything conclusive about whether teaching and learning is better or worse between our middle school and high school math instruction.