PARCC Updates and Information

The PARCC consortium released some of the test items from last spring with supporting materials including: rubrics, item sets and sample student responses. I have been impatiently waiting for the anchor papers and am excited to analyze the constructed responses.
Click the following link to access the MATH/ELA released assessments and supporting materials:
Our district will receive results during the week of November 9th and the target date for a full release will be November 16, 2015.
Teachers will be able to access results  (after full release) through RideMap. You can access RideMap through our district website or via this link:
-You may recall that your RideMap login is firstname.lastname
-Once you log in, go to “Instructional Support System”
-Click on the bar graphs to drill down for more information (teachers will be able access scoring information for students on their rosters this year and last year)

As you know, last spring was the first implementation of a new assessment, with new technology based on new standards. We are incredibly proud of our educational community. The work you have done to study the standards, write and implement new curriculum and develop new assessments has been extraordinary. We will certainly look at the results from the perspective that it was a baseline year. 

Science NECAP Results

The Rhode Island Department of Education has released the 2015 NECAP Science results. North Smithfield Schools saw significant increases in student achievement in science at the high school level. North Smithfield High School increased proficiency levels by 18% in one year. The RI Department of Education reported that the North Smithfield School District (tied with Chariho) has the honor and distinction to have the highest amount of growth (25.9%) since 2008.
District administration and teachers will continue to analyze the results to inform our instruction and programming. Science has been a focus area for North Smithfield Schools; increasing student proficiency was identified as a District Strategic Plan goal in 2011.

Halliwell School
• Increased 13% since 2008
• 25% above the state average

North Smithfield Middle School
• Increased 24% since 2008
• 15% above the state average

North Smithfield High School
• #1 in State compared to 36 districts
• Increased 43% since 2008
• 39% above the state average

Science Curriculum Development Update

As you know, this year North Smithfield Schools will develop Science curricula to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS.) We will create curriculum guides that 'unpack' each standard, a curriculum map that shows which standards we are teaching by quarter and units of study based on the Understanding by Design (Ubd) format. After the curriculum is written we will be making live binders of the work and embedding into curriculum website. During the curriculum development we will establish a "Task Force" which will meet after school to review research, and ensure the curriculum is articulated and aligned across and between grade levels. We have completed grades 7 & 8, Lynn Hannah, Gale O’Keefe, and Sarah Dionne did a fantastic job. Next week we will begin high school biology curriculum and will be working in collaboration with Burrillville High School science teachers.

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