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Science NECAPS • Tuesday, October 14th

Grand Isle School results from the May 2014 New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) science assessment have been recently released. The NECAP tests are administered to students in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont as part of each state’s assessment program. The NECAP tests are administered to students in grades 4, 8, and 11, and are designed to measure the content and skills that students are expected to have as they complete the K-4, 5-8, and 9-11 grade spans. The science areas assessed by NECAP are: Physical Science, Earth Space Science, Life Science, and Scientific Inquiry. Each test contains multiple-choice and constructed response questions, as well as an inquiry section. Instead of measuring student knowledge of content, inquiry tasks measure the student’s ability to make connections, express ideas, and provide evidence of scientific thinking.

Last year’s 4th grade students (current 5th graders) scored 69% proficient or higher, up from 29% in the 2013-2014 school year. The scores were above the state’s average of 43% proficient. Preliminary analysis show that our students performed best in life science, closely followed by physical science and earth space science. Last year’s 8th graders (current 9th graders) scored 26% proficient on the assessment which is equal to the state’s average. An additional 61% scored partially proficient. Life science was their strongest domain followed closely by physical science and earth space science.

In the very near future we will be examining the NECAP Analysis Report which provides individual student performance data on the released items and released inquiry task. Along with showing student and grade level data, this report also provides information for each released item and inquiry task. Using this report, we will be able to identify test items where groups of students did well or poorly. This information will help identify the gaps in knowledge and skills demonstrated by students which can be addressed through classroom instruction, additional instructional support and/or curricular development.

Further development of our science curriculum is being guided by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. One shift in the NGSS is a focus on deeper understanding of content as well as application of content. This shift will provide new learning opportunities that allow students to better understand how science is practiced and experienced in the real world.

Thank you,
Eric Arnzen
Principal at Grand Isle School

Posted by eriarnz@gisu.org on 2014-10-14


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