NECAP: Bristol Warren students science scores up overall


The Bristol Warren School District is showing positive gains 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 Bristol Warren showing a proficiency rate of 42.1-percent. That's an increase of 14.1-percent since the tests were instituted in 2008. However, that figure is down by 5.8 percent over the 2012-2013 test.

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: Colt Andrews, 50-percent; Guiteras, 53.2-percent; Hugh Cole, 41.7-percent; Rockwell, 70.8-percent; Kickemuit, 31.2-percent; and Mt. Hope High School, 42-percent.

Almost all schools showed a slight decline over the 2012-2013 test, with the larger decline showing at Hugh Cole, 17.2-percent.

Mt. Hope High School was the only district school that showed a gain over the previous test, with an increase of .04-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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