WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - Fourth grade students heavily outperformed 8th and 11th grade students across the state during the May 2011 New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) science testing, especially within the Chariho Regional School District.
Ashaway Elementary School was the highest performing school in the state at any level, scoring 86.0 percent proficiency. Hope Valley and Charlestown Elementary Schools were not far behind, finishing 3rd with 83.0 per cent, and fourth with 81.7 per cent respectively.
Richmond Elementary also did well on the test, with 74.0 per cent student proficiency.
However, Chariho Regional Middle and High Schools did not fare so well. The middle school had the lowest score in the district at 35.7 per cent student proficiency, but did improve 4.1 per cent from last year. The high school scored 37.8 per cent student proficiency, which was 2.9 per cent worse than their score last year.
Chariho Supt. Barry Ricci said that while he was thrilled with the results at Ashaway, he wants to see improvement in the middle and high schools.
â€śThe elementary schools in the district did very well, weâ€™re really pleased with that,â€ť he said, â€śbut I canâ€™t say the same for the secondary level. I am not convinced that this is the best we can do, so we are going to keep working at it.â€ť
Ashaway Elementary School Principal Steven Morrone said that he is very proud of both the teachers and the students at his school, and that the success of Ashaway was a team effort.
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