The state results of the Fall 2011 New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) test, administered to students in grades 3 – 8 and 11, were released by the Rhode Island Department of Education on Feb. 10, and show an overall slight rise in scores.
Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist revealed that 56 percent of RI students scored at proficient or better in mathematics (up 1 percentage point from 2010) and 73 percent scored proficient or better in reading (up 2 points).
According to the results, the biggest improvements were in middle schools, where 60 percent of students were proficient in mathematics (up 3 points) and 74 percent were proficient in reading (up 4 points).
Elementary school scores were virtually unchanged from 2010 (62 percent proficient in mathematics, 70 percent proficient in reading). High school scores were also unchanged in reading (77 percent proficient), but dropped by 3 percentage points in mathematics, to only 30 percent proficient.
In writing, 55 percent of tested students scored proficient or better.
At the high-school level, Rhode Island reading scores matched New Hampshire and surpassed the scores in Vermont by 4 points. In writing at the high-school level, Rhode Island was the top-scoring NECAP state, with 51 percent proficient.
However, Rhode Island is the lowest-scoring NECAP state in mathematics.
As far as the scores of Newport’s schools, those have been analyzed by Dr. Caroline Frey and will be presented at the Newport School Committee at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Check back here on Wednesday for those findings.