School recognized for high test scores
The island schools have been named Commended Schools for the 2005-06 school year by the state Board of Regents for elementary and secondary education.
In a letter to the school, Regents chairman James A. DiPrete said this award "honors schools for their excellent performance on the state assessments." The letter continued, "The Regents' commendation recognizes schools that have made significant improvements in both English language arts and mathematics or that have attained exceptionally high scores in both subjects."
Superintendent Robert Power said, "This is great news!"
He attributed the honor to "a lot of hard work on the part of the staff, the kids and parents," who took the assessments that were used to determine the school ratings.
"This affirms what we knew all along," Power said, "that Jamestown has great schools and does a great job of educating kids."
The Regents' letter said, "You should be very proud to be named a Regents' Commended School for 2005-06 and we hope you will share this news," with members of the community.
The Board of Regents awarded a Regents' Commended School designation to just 16 percent, or 39 Rhode Island schools in recognition of exceptionally high performance or significant improvement in English language arts and mathematics over two years.
The classifications, which Governor Donald L. Carcieri released in late May are based on the results of state tests in mathematics, reading, and writing administered last October in all elementary and middle schools.