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RI PARCC scores show majority of students not proficient in math, English

The test results are from the 2016 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College (PARRC) exam which presented a mixed bag of good and bad with Rhode Island students as a whole making small improvements across the board, but not enough to make up for the proficiency deficit. (File photo)

The Rhode Island Department of Education released its latest batch standardized test scores Thursday which are sure to encourage some and infuriate others.

The test results are from the 2016 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College (PARRC) exam which presented a mixed bag of good and bad with Rhode Island students as a whole making small improvements across the board, but not enough to make up for the proficiency deficit.

The Good: The good news is Rhode Island students did not regress and made and improved on all math and English scores in every grade level.

Statewide, students improved their mathematics scores by five percentage point from 25 percent proficient in 2015 to 30 percent in 2016.

In English Language Arts/Literacy, Rhode Island students made smaller strides improving their average score only two percentage points from 2015 (36 percent to 38 percent).

Test scores in both English and mathematics for low income, black and Hispanic students all netted positive single-digit improvements.

The Bad: Despite increased PARCC exam participation, over 60 percent of Rhode Island students did not test proficiently in math or English.

The PARCC exam scores are broken down into five levels, with levels four and five representing students who met or exceeded exceptions. In 2016, the majority of RI students tested into the third level in both math and English: Approached expectations.

RIDE detailed which districts made the most improvements in one year’s time, including Bristol/Warren, Chariho and North Providence. Still, Rhode Island’s wealthiest communities in Barrington and East Greenwich averaged higher scores in math and English.

Read the full PARCC report below:


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