Tag Archives: NECAP

Portsmouth High School students pose with some of their winning science fair projects. They are (from left) Christine Kelly, Jonathan Myers, Adam Parsons, Parker Colantuono, Megan Sieben, Matthew Kearns, Colt Nichols and Grace Dooley. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Portsmouth students do it all for science

Portsmouth students do it all for science

PORTSMOUTH — For his science fair project, Portsmouth High School sophomore Matthew Kearns tackled the age-old question with which we’ve all been confronted: If you drop a piece of cheese on the floor, how long can it stay there before you can pick it up and pop it into your mouth? “I tested the ‘five-second’ rule

Portsmouth Superintendent of Schools Ana Riley (standing at right) fields questions during the Newport County Regional Special Education Local Advisory Committee meeting at the middle school Monday night.

Portsmouth’s pullout from regional special ed angers parents

PORTSMOUTH — About 90 people, most of them parents of children enrolled in special ed classes, crowded the middle school library Monday night, demanding to know why the Portsmouth school district is withdrawing from the Newport County Regional Special Education Program. Parents said they’re worried about possibly losing services for their children, and expressed frustration with

Rep. Gregg Amore

Assembly backs Amore bill for three-year moratorium on high-stakes testing

PROVIDENCE — The General Assembly Friday evening, June 20, backed a bill sponsored in the House by East Providence Representative Gregg Amore, placing a moratorium on so-called “high-stakes testing.” Bills (2014-S 2059Aaa, 2014-H 8363aa), sponsored by Sen. Adam J. Satchell (D-Dist. 9, West Warwick) and Rep. Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence), state that no standardized assessment


NECAP Results: 73 percent meet mathematics graduation requirement

PROVIDENCE — Assessment results released by the R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) Friday, Jan. 31, show that 73 percent of the students who took the NECAP assessments in 2012 have met the graduation requirement in mathematics and are eligible to earn a diploma this spring. Among the high-school seniors who retook the NECAP mathematics assessment


Tiverton High School cracks top ten in science proficiency

TIVERTON — Good news came from Tiverton School Superintendent William Rearick recently about the results of NECAP science testing in May — for the Tiverton School District as a whole and for grades four, eight, and eleven. District-wide, 45.7 percent of the 405 students who took the test were considered proficient in science, an improvement

Portsmouth NECAP science scores down from last year

PORTSMOUTH — The latest round of New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) science scores released Monday presented a case of good news/bad news for the Portsmouth school district. First the good: From 2008 (when the tests were instituted) to 2013, students have increased their overall proficiency on NECAP science testing by 12.6 percent. Now the bad:

School committee chairman Bob Shea, shown during a candidate forum, said he would not commit to a budget compromise with the committee on appropriations.

Barrington school officials still analyzing NECAP scores

Paula Dillon is digging deep. The school’s director of curriculum and instruction is “desegregating” all the scores from the recent round of the New England Common Assessment Program exams in an effort to better understand why some local students struggled on the tests while others excelled. Ms. Dillon has been analyzing the information since the