Kickemuit Middle School and Hugh Cole Elementary students each showed “statistically significant” improvements in their NECAP science test scores, administered earlier this year, compared with their 2011 scores. Kickemuit was one of five middle scores in the state to show significant improvement, and Hugh Cole one of four elementary schools. Nine high school statewide showed significant improvement, though Mt. Hope High School was not one of them (see full results here).
NECAP stands for New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).
“We all are aware that our students need a solid background in science in order to succeed in college and in the challenging careers in the Rhode Island economy of the future,” said Governor Lincoln D. Chafee. “I am very pleased by the steady improvement in our statewide science scores. Congratulations to our science teachers and to our students.”
Not all the news was good. Aside from the statewide improvements, the results released Thursday show that achievement gaps that separate many groups of students have generally widened. The gaps between black and white students, between Hispanic and white students, between English Learners and non-English learners, and between economically disadvantaged and non-economically disadvantaged students widened at all grade levels. The gaps between students with disabilities and students without disabilities widened in grades 8 and 11 and stayed essentially the same in grade 4.
At the elementary school level, Hugh Cole was joined as a significantly improving school by Hampden Meadows School in Barrington, thePaul Cuffee Charter School, and William D’Abate Elementary School in Providence. For middle schools, the others besides Kickemuit were Chariho Regional Middle School, Wickford Middle School, Nathan Bishop Middle School in Providence and Woonsocket Middle School.