Big leap for CHS juniors taking math NECAP

Big leap for CHS juniors taking math NECAP

Still, 26 percent are facing a retake

CUMBERLAND - High school math scores that had embarrassed the community just a few years ago are continuing an upward climb, the latest standardized testing scores are indicating.

Forty-six percent of Cumberland's juniors tested last fall achieved a "proficient" score. That's up 15 points from 2011 when that year's juniors were able to demonstrate just 31 percent math proficiency.

And it's up seven points over last year.

Despite that, 88 juniors, or 26 percent, of the Class of 2015 received the news last week that their scores were "substantially below proficient," putting them in graduation jeopardy for next year.

That's fewer, however, than the 102, or 33 percent, who missed last year.

This year, 28 percent are "partially proficient" in math, but 6 percent earned "proficient with distinction" scores compared to just 1 percent last year.

Improvement follows Cumberland's laser focus on math achievement for several years now as school leaders directed thousands of dollars to teachers and classes offering interventions in the form of assessments and mandatory after-school remedial classes.

Principal Alan Tenreiro said he was pleased with a current trend at CHS that's seen the upswing in scores, a full accreditation report and improved graduation rate. He credited teachers for "holding kids to a standard," and both students and teachers for an unwavering focus.

Statewide, juniors attained 36 percent proficiency on the math

In reading, Cumberland juniors achieved 89 percent proficiency, an increase of 3 points over last year. Just 3 percent landed in the "substantially below proficient" category.

The statewide average on reading was 82 percent.

Testing used was the NECAP - New England Common Assessment Program - the one in place since 2005.

While grades 3 to 8 are tested annually, on the high school level only the 11th-graders must undergo the rigorous exam every fall.

High school writing scores were not released yet and all of last fall's test scores for the lower grades were also held back by the state Department of Education until mid-February.

Attention has been focused on the high school scores because for the first time, beginning with this Class of 2014, they are counted toward graduation eligibility.

RIDE also released last week the 2013 graduation rates and the results.

Statewide, for the Class of 2013, the four-year graduation rate moved up to 80 percent, a 3-point improvement over the previous year.

Cumberland's four-year rate was pegged at 85 percent, up from last year's 82 percent. Most of the state's suburban high schools are showing rates of 90 percent or better.

Comments

Congratulations. Keep up the good work.

Positive news and I think more good news is in the future for Cumberland Public Schools. Well done teachers, students and admins.