Results for science NECAP tests taken last spring by Cole Middle School 8th graders and EGHS 11th graders showed marked improvement over year-before scores. The Rhode Island Department of Education released the 2013 results (seen here) last week.
Eleventh grade students at EGHS in 2012 scored 64.1 percent proficiency on the science NECAPS. In 2013, EGHS eleventh graders scored 67.4 percent proficiency. The next best score was from Barrington High School, which scored 65.6 percent proficiency.
Eighth graders at Cole went from a score of 55.5 percent proficiency to 76.4 percent, a whopping increase. That score, too, was the top score for all Rhode Island middle schools.
The scores are based on results from two different groups of students.
“I think a number of factors have coalesced to help generate such strong scores at each school. In addition to the hard work and dedication of every science teacher at Cole, I think the boost in scores can be attributed to the proximal nature of the team arrangement in the new building, the new Discovery Education Techbook, a streamlined and focused curriculum, the writing in science initiative in the 7th grade, and the exposure to practice questions in the 8th grade,” said Nicholas Rath, the head of the science department for East Greenwich schools.“At the high school,” he said, “we find many students choosing to take science electives that supplement the core classes. The hands-on nature and inquiry focus of these classes support many of the higher-order thinking skills seen on the Science NECAP test.”
The English and writing NECAPs are taken in the fall; those scores are released in the spring.
This is the first of two articles on results of the science NECAP tests in East Greenwich public schools. You can find the first article here.