NARRAGANSETT – Sixty-six percent of 11th graders at Narragansett High School achieved at or above proficient on the 2013 NECAP math exam.
The achievement represented a 21 percent increase in the total percentage of students achieving at or above proficient, which the Rhode Island Department of Education considers “statistically significant,” according to the NECAP scores released last week.
“It’s fabulous news,” Superintendent Katherine Sipala said of the score and improvement.
Narragansett High School 11th graders also scored well above the overall state results, which indicated that 36 percent of 11th graders scored at or above proficient.
Sipala said the Narragansett school department has been working diligently to improve NECAP scores, especially math scores.
“We’ve been taking the NECAP for almost 10 years, we know the test very well,” Sipala said. “And so curriculum has had to change during that period of time. It isn’t easy to change curricula and it’s taken some time for all of our curricula – elementary, middle school, high school – to be adjusted to meet the NECAP requirements.”
Sipala said adjusting the curriculum involved a process of looking at scores and offering students additional intervention, particularly math intervention, when necessary.