To the editor,
In the February 7 Sakonnet Times, Tiverton Superintendent William Rearick perked up his peacock feathers by reporting that the Tiverton High School “emerged from its once-in-a-decade accreditation evaluation with commendations for 29 of its programs and services.” Whatever that means. Seems some academics interviewed and witnessed in the Tiverton High School programs were impressed with what they saw. The Tiverton School Committee was duly impressed. Applause, applause.
The real story is in the Newport Daily News article of February 13, not reported by Superintendent Rearick. The article reported that 32 percent of Tiverton High School juniors did not meet minimum math and/or reading proficiency on their fall 2012 NECAP tests. Do not believe me — go online to the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) website and see that the Tiverton 11th grade is failing by 32%.
As reported in the article, “Many of the students who are not at the partially proficient level are special education students, according to Superintendent of Tiverton schools William Rearick. He said it is ‘a challenge’ to move them up to a partially proficient level.” The NECAP Tiverton scores are decreasing. Tiverton is clearly in the red.
Wow, how did a third of the Tiverton junior class get to the 11th grade and not be able to meet minimum NECAP standards? Seems as if 32% of failing class is an anchor around the neck of the rest of the class, at least from an educational standard. I wonder if Mr. Rearick is a real educator?
Mr. Rearick and the rest of the Tiverton 1st-supported School Committee are to blame for this situation: Move ahead at all cost, don’t keep anyone back because it would look bad. Move them up to the next class and let the next person deal with them. Not to mention that Tiverton taxes have more than doubled (school-related taxes “for the children”) in the last nine years! Taxes increase and the school population decreases, along with their scores, but the educators and administration seem to get what they want – and it’s not “for the children.” Because if it was “for the children,” then we’d see higher NECAP scores and a higher number graduating.
Elections do have consequences.