Supt. Smith pleased with improved SAT scores at NPHS

Supt. Smith pleased with improved SAT scores at NPHS

NORTH PROVIDENCE - The continued emphasis on subjects like math, reading and writing at North Providence High School has had a positive impact on SAT scores, says Supt. Melinda Smith, as students' scores last year increased significantly from the year before.

According to the Rhode Island Department of Education, North Providence, like most public schools in Rhode Island, improved its scores for the 2013-2014 school year.

Last year, North Providence students scored 470 in critical reading, 472 in math and 464 in writing; compared to the 2012-2013 school year, where students scored 455 in critical reading, 448 in math and 455 in writing.

Smith said that during the past three years the school administration has put a lot of effort into supporting students in math, reading and writing.

"Primarily because the driving force with that is the graduation expectations that we have that our students needed to pass," she said.

She said Principal Joseph Goho and his staff did a "magnificent" job adding extra math and writing classes and "ramped everybody up."

Starting in 9th grade, she said, students in need of extra help are given the opportunity to enroll in summer math programs and math workshops.

Anyone in need of additional help can work alongside a math peer assistant as well.

She said come junior year, students must attend mandatory student/parent information nights, are given the option to enroll in NECAP after-school tutoring sessions and undergo free online tutoring through the Rhode Island Department of Education, if need be.

The same goes for 12th-grade students, and all programs available for math are also available to students who need help in English.

While these interventions were created to improve the scores on standardized tests like the NECAP, Smith said the administration is seeing it flow into other tests, like the SATs.

"All of this has had a good impact on everything we're doing at the high school. The teachers and the students are working very hard," she said. "We are very pleased that the test scores went up."