Two Barrington schools see drop in NECAP science scores

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The Barrington School District showed a decrease in proficiency among students taking the New England Common Assessment Program science test.

The Rhode Island Department of Education released its NECAP science scores Monday, with Barrington showing a proficiency rate of 65.6-percent. That’s a decrease of 6.7-percent since the tests were instituted in 2008.

The NECAP tests are designed to measure student performance on grade level expectations and grade span expectations in reading, writing, math, and science. Tests are administered to students in grades 4, 8 and 11.

Proficiency in the 2012-2013 NECAP science test at the school-level was: Hampden Meadow, 67.6-percent; Barrington Middle, 71.8-percent; and Barrington High School, 57.6-percent.

Of the three schools, only Barrington Middle showed an increase in proficiency over the 2012-2013 test, with an increase of 1.1-percent.

Barrington still ranked No. 2 in proficiency across the state, with only East Greenwich scoring higher at 67.4-percent.

This is the last year students will take participate in the NECAP. Two years ago, RIDE moved to test the students on a different platform – the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC. The new program promises to better measure student performance through technology-enhanced test items. The tests resemble more closely content students are learning in the classroom, and less like a fill-in-the-bubble test.

PARCC tests are taken on a computer, ensuring a more engaging and interactive test.

The new test will be administered starting in the 2014-2015 school year.

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