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.
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.
• 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
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.