In May of 2013, students across your school district (in grades 4, 8, and 11) took the science assessment as part of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). The results of those assessments have been released.
Colchester schools did very well!
As we have discussed in past Spotlight articles, NECAPs measure student achievement based upon the following four-point scale:
4 = Proficient with Distinction
3 = Proficient
2 = Partially Proficient
1 = Substantially Below Proficient
The following statistics represent students who were proficient or proficient with distinction on this assessment.
- Colchester students ranked above the state average in every grade assessed.
- The state’s proficient or proficient with distinction average for Grade 4 was 48 percent; Colchester’s was 55 percent.
- The state’s proficient or proficient with distinction average for Grade 8 was 33 percent; Colchester’s was 39 percent.
- The state’s proficient or proficient with distinction average for Grade 11 was 32 percent; Colchester’s was 50 percent. In fact, Colchester High School had the fifth-highest score in the state of Vermont overall!
- Colchester Middle School has had a nine-point increase over the last three years.
- The results of the assessment show that physical science is our strongest content area; our weakest is in inquiry.
If you have questions or would like more information, please e-mail Gwen Carmolli, CSD’s director of curriculum and instruction, or call (802) 264-5999. You may also contact your schools to speak with principals. Please also visit the Vermont Agency of Education’s website to access a wealth information about the assessments and to see how schools across our state compare.
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