NECAP: How RI Measures Up

Feb 14, 2014

Rhode Island elementary students are still well behind their peers in New Hampshire when it comes to Mathematics.

The latest score report from the New England Common Assessment Program shows 59 percent of Rhode Island’s 3rd-8th graders were proficient in Math, compared to 70 percent in New Hampshire.

60 percent of Maine students scored proficient in Math and 62 percent in Vermont.

But Vermont’s results are not considered representative of statewide achievement this year because some students took a different standardized test. The shift comes as Vermont and other states prepare to switch to a new set of national standards known as the Common Core.

In reading, 71 percent of Rhode Island’s of 3rd-8th graders scored proficient, slightly better than Maine but still lower than New Hampshire, which had 77 percent proficient.

On the high school end, the news is much better. Rhode Island’s 11th graders outperformed their peers in all NECAP states in reading and writing.

For the first time ever, more than 80 percent of Rhode Island high school students scored proficient in reading. 66 percent were proficient in writing.

Scores for high school math remain low in all NECAP states, but Rhode Island’s 36 percent proficiency rate was about on a par with New Hampshire. Maine does not administer the test to 11th graders.