LHS shows NECAP gains across the board

LHS shows NECAP gains across the board

LINCOLN - Twenty-two Lincoln High School seniors are still in danger of not graduating this June, Principal Kevin McNamara reported after New England Common Assessment Program retake scores were released this week by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Of the 52 seniors who retook the test in October, he said, 30 have made improvements required by RIDE to check the NECAP proficiency box off their list of graduation requirements.

McNamara had arranged for parent and student meetings this past week for private announcements of each student's results of the test - either a "yes" or a "not yet."

Those who heard "not yet" will now have a chance to retake NECAP by early March and take RIDE-approved alternative tests to prove proficiency this month.

Across the state, 95 percent of students in the Class of 2014 have met the graduation requirement for NECAP reading, and 73 percent have achieved it for math.

NECAP results for 2013 were released on Jan. 31 by district and grade, with individual school scores expected to be announced mid-February.

In Lincoln, 86 percent of students in all grades combined tested proficient in reading, a four-point jump from 82 percent in both 2012 and 2009, which was noted as "statistically significant" by RIDE.

Students also showed gains in math, with 69 percent testing proficient this year, a one-point increase from 68 percent in 2012. Students also tested at 69 percent proficiency in 2009.

At LHS, 93 percent of students in grade 11 demonstrated proficiency in reading in 2013, an increase of three points from 2012's score of 89 percent.

Of those juniors, 59 percent earned the highest score of proficient with distinction, a category that saw a 10-point increase since 2012.

Gaining two points in math scores, 52 percent of LHS students in grade 11 tested proficient in 2013, compared to 50 percent in 2012.

The majority of students remain in the proficient category, but the number of students qualifying for the proficient with distinction category increased from 4 percent in 2012 to 7 percent in 2013.

Graduation rate has also improved at LHS, according to the RIDE data, with 91 percent of the Class of 2013 earning a diploma in four years. The state average is 80 percent.

Just one year prior, 84 percent of the Class of 2012 graduated in four years. Rates were 85 percent for the Class of 2011 and 84 percent for the Class of 2010.