NECAP Scores In EG Down Slightly From 2011

The scores from reading and math tests taken last fall remain far higher than the state average.

East Greenwich students did not score as well on NECAP reading and math tests as they did a year ago, according to results released Friday by the state Department of Education. EG scores remained far above the state average.

The New England Common Assessment Program tests were taken in October by students in grades 3 through 8 and 11.

Overall, in reading, 90 percent of EG students scored proficient or proficient with distinction; that percent was 92 in 2011. In math, 80 percent of EG students scored proficient or proficient with distinction; that percent was 83.

The state average in reading was 73 percent proficient or above; in math it was 57 percent proficient or above.

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said Friday results statewide were "disappointing." She did note changes brought about by Race to the Top would not be reflected in test scores for a few years. Those changes include yearly teacher evaluations, tougher standards requirements for those wanting to enter state teaching-training programs, and enhance data to help track student performance.

Supt. Victor Mercurio said the school principals were just beginning to analyze the data, but he conceded disappointment in math scores.

"Math, as it is for most districts, is a struggle," said Mercurio. "We have to go back and revisit what we’ve done to support students, whether or not those things have been effective."

The NECAP tests are taken by students in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, in addition to Rhode Island. New Hampshire students scored highest in reading, 79 percent at or above proficiency in grades 3 through 8, and 77 percent for 11 grade. Maine and Vermont are on par with R.I., which was 72 percent and 79 percent, respectively.

In math, again New Hampshire students scored higher – 73 percent at or above for grades 3 through 8, 38 percent for 11 grade. Vermont scored 65 percent and 38 percent, respectively. R.I. students scored 61 percent and 34 percent.

For more information about East Greenwich scores, check out the R.I. Department of Education's website here.

Leo February 14, 2013 at 01:24 AM
The MILLIONS that Gist is spending on tougher teacher evaluations will not make a speck of difference in test scores. That money should have been spent on classroom resources and prof development programs that target struggling learners, especially in math. To make the state-wide judgment that all teachers are bad teachers and that is why test scores are low is completely asinine and counter-productive. Precious money spent on b.s.
Chuck Newton February 14, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Leo, HOW teachers get evaluated is a matter for discussion. WHETHER teachers get evaluated should not enter into it. I'm reminded of something said to me by the chairman of a rather large US company awhile back: "If you're not measuring, you're just practicing." And the time for practicing should be far behind us...
Leo February 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM
I'm not against teacher evaluations but it is preposterous to me that ALL the Race to the Top millions in RI went to evaluating teachers. Could have been spent much more effectively.
Elizabeth McNamara February 14, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Leo, I checked with RIDE and according to their accounting of the first two years of spending on RTTT spending, $3.4 million has been spent on teacher evaluations out of a total $27.8 million spent. The state received a $75 million RTTT grant to spend over four years.
Leo February 14, 2013 at 08:53 PM
And it's ALL eventually going into evaluation and hiring adminstrators who will perform the evaluations and monitor the results! If they told you anything else, they lied!


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