COVENTRY — According to Coventry’s NECAP numbers, most of the district’s schools are above the state average, with a few exceptions.
According to the report, the majority of reading and math testing for grades three through six in all five elementary schools (Blackrock, Tiogue, Hopkins Hill, Washington Oak and Western Coventry) surpassed state averages.
Coventry Assistant School Superintendent Mike Convery said the state average for reading for the third grade is at 70 percent.
Percentiles for four schools ranged between 73 to 80 percent in reading. Hopkins Hill fell just below the state average at 69 percent.
The trend continued for fourth, fifth and sixth grade reading and math but again, Hopkins Hill fell under the state average for math, reading and writing for the fifth and sixth grades.
The state average for fifth grade math is 62 percent. Hopkins Hill is at 60 percent. The stave average for fifth-grade writing is 59 percent; Hopkins Hill graded out at 50 percent. The state average for sixth-grade reading is 73 percent. Hopkins Hill scored below in that as well, at 56 percent.
“NECAP is just one measure of how we see where students are throughout the year,” said Convery. “This is the first time Hopkins Hill has been so low. As I review the results, I’m researching what the possible variables may be that would cause such a dip with Hopkins Hill.”
There is more than one class in each grade, so he will look at the makeup of the classes, the total number of students NECAP, from 1
in each, what support there is available both before and after school, what a student’s background is outside of school and if there were any negative events that took place, such as a death or illness of a parent or other family member, a change in teachers or any other traumatic event.
Moving forward, some of the focus areas will include but are not limited to the continuation of implementing common core standards in ELA and math, to provide math academies for all Title One schools — which include Blackrock, Tiogue and Hopkins Hill; to provide further professional development for teachers on common core ELA and math expectations and develop a multi-step plan for 11th grade students to meet graduation requirements.
“Although there’s work to do, the results that date back to 2005 from the third grade through the eighth, for all the schools in the district, the majority of percentage points have improved,” Convery said.