WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — The test scores are in and Chariho's New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) reading and math scores showed an overall gain of six points each from 2009 to 2014. The six point gain reflected an increase in reading scores from 88 to 89 points and a decrease in math from 75 to 73 points.
Chariho Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci said he was pleased overall.
“The trend over time for Chariho has been upward, which is the more important thing,” he said.
“It's really difficult to have gains when you're in the high eighties and nineties, so I'm happy with that because (in reading) that's another point up,” he said.
Regarding the decrease in NECAP math scores, Ricci said that low math scores continue to be a problem state-wide.
“I think math at the high school is always a troublesome spot but everyone is troubled by that and we continue to do things to try to impact that,” he said. “What's more positive, that I'm very pleased about, is that at the high school we had a lot fewer ‘ones’ in math. So, generally, we continue to perform at high levels.”
In addition, Ricci said that Chariho's math scores compared well to other school districts in the state.
“We continue to be in the top ten, a little higher in reading than math,” he said. “When I compare ourselves to other K-12 districts, and when you look at our demographic group of small school districts, I'm sure we're number one or two.”
Ricci said the trend is generally positive.
“The district is performing at a high level,” he said. “I'm proud of the work of our kids and our teachers. Can we do better? There are still areas that we can improve on and we continue to work on those things.”
Passing the NECAP with a score of ‘one’ is required for graduation by the state, but Ricci said that Chariho's graduation policy is set at a higher level.
"Our graduation policy has been more rigorous than the state's because we require a ‘two’ and we've been doing that for the last four years,” he said. “So, our expectations are higher than the state's.”