It’s too early to sound an alarm, but results from the recent round of standardized math and reading assessments have some local school officials concerned.
The state recently released results from the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) testing, which showed a drop in math and reading scores for students at Nayatt, Primrose Hill and Sowams elementary schools.
Barrington School Committee Chairman Bob Shea said he had seen the scores but not had a chance to fully analyze them.
“There was some good news and some news that raises concern, and I think Mike (Messore, the superintendent) and his staff are doing some data analysis right now,” Mr. Shea said.
“We’re obviously concerned, and we want to get inside those numbers.”
At Sowams School, third-graders scored 15 percent lower on this year’s NECAP math assessment than last year, falling from 89 percent proficient to 74 percent. Nayatt students’ scores fell from 87 to 84 percent, while Primrose Hill students’ scores dipped from 77 percent to 76.
It was a similar situation in reading.
In the 2011 NECAP assessments, Sowams students scored at 95 percent proficient. That dropped to 86 percent for this year’s test. At Nayatt, scores fell from 95 percent to 91, and at Primrose, students’ scores fell by 12 percent, from 93 percent proficient to 81.
“It’s certainly an area of concern,” Mr. Shea said, adding that he expects a full report on the scores from Mr. Messore and district administrators at the Feb. 21 school committee meeting.
At the middle school and high school level, Barrington students scored at about the same level as last year. In math, eighth-graders’ scores went from 90 percent proficient to 88, while in reading, the scores went from 94 percent to 93.
At the high school, juniors scored 69 percent proficient in math in 2011 and improved to 71 percent proficient this year. In English, local high school students’ scores went from 93 percent proficient to 94.
The state average for math was 57 percent proficient, and 73 percent for English.