SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown High School will soon eliminate its lower level – B classes to help students achieve a higher standard and receive better scores on the state NECAPs.
The school will start eliminating the B-level classes next fall for the freshmen and the classes will be eliminated yearly as those students move toward their senior year.
The high school made the decision to eliminate the class level as a result of student performance on the New England Common Assessment Program tests. To determine success on the tests and graduation rate, the high school staff and administration looked at number of Honors, A-level and B-level students who were proficient or partially proficient on the NECAP exams.
“What we found is that, there’s a significant discrepancy in performance on how students performed on the NECAP in the B-level classes as compared to the A-level,” Principal Robert McCarthy said.
He added that in English, which does not have B-level course offerings, students test well in reading and writing.
“It’s much higher than math and we’d like to think there’s some correlation,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy said the school wants to better prepare students for the NECAP tests and help them graduate with proficiency. He said the school will continue to provide student supports, like classes that focus on math skills and fundamentals.
“We’re providing a challenging and rigorous curriculum for all our kids and its all incumbent on the school to provide the supports kids need as we ration up expectations,” McCarthy said. “We have those classes in place, where we provide support classes for kids who need it.”
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