Mixed results for NECAP science scores

PROVIDENCE, RI – New test results out of the Rhode Island Department of Education show 1 in 3 students reached proficiency in science, that's up by 3 percentage points over last year.

Back in May, students in the 4th, 8th and 11th grades took the New England Common Assessment Program known as NECAP. 4th graders did the best with 43 percent of them achieving proficiency, while about a quarter of 8th graders and 11th graders achieved proficiency.

The biggest improvement was in the 11th grade where the proficiency rate rose by 9 percentage points.

The state says low-income students made small gains in NECAP science scores. But huge gaps remain between black, Hispanic and white students with 8 percent of black 8th graders and 6.5 percent of Hispanic 8th graders achieving proficiency in science compared to 33.4 percent of their white classmates.

East Greenwich High School was the highest performing high school with 60 percent of its students reaching proficiency or better in science.

Results also show Rhode Island students still lag behind their peers in New Hampshire. Rhode Island's 4th graders are 11 points behind their peers in New Hampshire, 8th grade and 11th grade students were only a few points behind.

NECAP Science Results
Read the report on the May 2011 test here.

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