Rockwell named 'Commended' school


Rockwell School has maintained impressive consistency in NECAP scoring, far outpacing most elementary schools in Rhode Island in both reading and math over the past several years.

The consistently high scores have helped Rockwell earn "Commended" status from the state Department of Education. Rockwell is one of just eight elementary schools in the state to earn such a designation, and — along with Mt. Hope High School — is one of just two in the Bristol-Warren Regional School District.

RIDE released its 2014 school classifications recently, rewarding 30 schools in 20 districts with “Commended” status. RIDE based the 2014 school classifications on

  • Proficiency on state testing.
  • How many students have attained distinction.
  • How many students the state tests.
  • Is the school serving all students, including those with disabilities and English learners?
  • Is the school approaching its 2017 targets?
  • Are all students making progress?
  • Is the school improving year over year?
  • Graduation rate.

Rockwell has impressed on the NECAP over the last several years, scoring 89 percent proficiency in reading in 2013. That follows scores of 86 percent and 90 percent proficiency in 2009 and 2012, respectively.

Math scores are equally impressive for Rockwell, with 87 percent proficiency. Only a handful of schools in the state scored higher, with Wilbur and McMahon Elementary School in Little Compton and Stony Lane Elementary in North Kingstown leading the way at 90 percent.

Rockwell school beat the state average of 71 percent proficiency in reading and 59 percent proficiency in math. The Bristol-Warren district averaged 81 percent proficient in reading and 67 percent proficient in math.

Rockwell Principal Tara McAuliffe credited teachers, students and parents for helping achieve the designation.

"We would like to thank our supportive parents and engaged, ready-to-learn students for making this possible," she wrote in an email to parents. "We could not possibly achieve this with out you!"


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