Study: Poor performance on NECAP math tied to low college attendance

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The overwhelming majority of Rhode Island students who received the lowest possible score on the math section of the state’s standardized test as 11th graders in 2008 never reached the third semester of college, according to a report presented to the state Board of Education Monday.

The report, prepared by the R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) and nonprofit ProvPlan, shows that 74% of the 3,926 students who scored a 1 out of a possible 4 on the math portion of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) test in 2008 failed to reach their sophomore year of college, and more than half never pursued a postsecondary education at all.

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  • Joe Smith

    Makes you wonder why Commissioner Gist gave in to allow waivers on the NECAP requirement for graduation if a higher educational institution admits the student.

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