2013-10-24 / About Town

NECAP results show mixed results

The state Department of Education recently released science results from the 2013 New England Common Assessment Program, and the scores in Jamestown were mixed.

Only the fourth-grade students at Melrose School and the eighthgraders at Lawn School were tested. While the eighth-graders realized a 12.5-percent increase in their scores, students in the fourth grade saw a decrease of 8.1 percent. The results were the opposite of last year, when fourth-grade scores increased, but eighth-grade marks dwindled.

At the School Committee’s Oct. 17 meeting, Curriculum Director Kathy Almanzor said one-year figures can be misleading. Since the science test was introduced in 2008, Jamestown scores showed a 23.8-percent and 30.6-percent growth in the fourth and eighth grade, respectively. Despite the reason for optimism with the overall results, Almanzor said Jamestown students need to focus on inquiry based questions that require students to closely analyze charts, tables and visuals.

In other business, School Committee Chairwoman Cathy Kaiser said tuition negotiations with the North Kingstown school board are ongoing. Kaiser said she is waiting for North Kingstown representatives to propose the next meeting date. The deadline is Nov. 1 for Jamestown to notify school officials if it doesn’t plan on sending students to NKHS for the 2014-15 school year. Kaiser said the School Committee intends to send Lawn Avenue graduates to North Kingstown next year.

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