Barrington elementary schools’ NECAP scores drop


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.


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I think for Nayatt at least, they need to replace some of the older teachers with some new ones. The one my kids had was half asleep at 9 and we all just knew she was just waiting for her retirement....

Thursday, February 14, 2013 | Report this

I totally agree - while some of the older teachers are wonderful, we were unfortunate to have some that simply behaved as if they had given up. My 2 daughters did not learn much for the one year and yes, there are many wonderful teachers there but also some that just seem to be going through the motions.

Friday, February 15, 2013 | Report this

I also agree - some of the teachers do need to be replaced. However, in my opinion it's not just the teachers that need to be looked at it's the "System". It's tough when you as parent try to work with the school department and you get no results. I have often walked away from many school meetings and have wondered; do these people just show up for a pay check? Parents don't kid yourself because, before you know it your cute elementary student will be in the high school and he/she may too be one of the juniors whom may not be on track for graduation.

My feelings about the BPSD is like a quote I once read in the book; The road less traveled; written by M.Scott Peck MD "If your not part of the solution-you must be part of the problem."

Saturday, March 2, 2013 | Report this

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