Education
4:44 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

NECAP Results Show Nearly 2K Students Diploma At Risk

Roughly 20 percent of this year’s high school seniors will have to take the NECAP test a third time, or find another way to meet the state’s new test-linked diploma system. That according to the latest NECAP scores out of the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist and Education Board Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso roll out the latest NECAP test score results in Providence on Friday.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison talks with Kids Count's Elizabeth Burke Bryant about what the latest NECAP results mean for Rhode Island seniors.

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is calling this good news because it represents a significant drop in the number of seniors at risk of not graduating. “So this means in the current senior class, 1,370 students, improved their performance in mathematics or made partial proficiency,” said Gist.

Gist said 95 percent of this year’s seniors have met the graduation requirement in reading.

The state reports that 36 percent of juniors scored proficient in math in 2013, up from just 27 percent in 2009. And Gist points to an increase in the number of juniors reaching partial proficiency in math as a sign that high schools across the state are improving.

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