2017 Science NECAP Test Scores

Oct 23, 2017 By Sheila Soule 0 Comment(s)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2017

 

All Vermont students in grades 4, 8, and 11 participate in the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) for science unless a student qualifies for alternate assessment or an exemption for medical reasons. This assessment was given in May 2017 and our recent results have now been released.

The NECAP test measures students' academic knowledge and skills that make up Science Literacy. Student scores are reported as scaled scores and at four levels of academic achievement:

  • Proficient with Distinction
  • Proficient
  • Partially Proficient
  • Substantially Below Proficient 

This is the last year of administration of the NECAP Science assessment as Vermont adopted new Science Standards knows as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2014. Vermont is currently working with Rhode Island to develop our new NGSS aligned assessment. A statewide field test of this new assessment is scheduled for May 2018, with full implementation for the 2018- 2019 school year. The exam will be given in grades 8 and 11 as in the past, but because of the layout of the NGSS, Vermont will now give the exam in 5th grade as opposed to 4th. The assessment will be shorter than the current NECAP, computer-based (similar to the Smarter Balanced test) and will include technology-enhanced test items. The current plan calls for two, one-hour test sessions.

A summary of Harwood Unified Union’s Science NECAP Scores for the past three years compared to the State are as follows:

Scaled Score

 

2017

2016

2015

HUUSD

State

HUUSD

State

HUUSD

State

Grade 4

443

439

443

439

443

439

Grade 8

835

834

835

834

837

834

Grade 11

1136

1135

1136

1135

1134

1135

Proficient Cut Scores Grade 4=440, Grade 8=840, Grade 11=1140

Percentage Proficient or Above

 

2017

2016

2015

HUUSD

State

HUUSD

State

HUUSD

State

Grade 4

64%

46%

62%

48%

65%

46%

Grade 8

28%

25%

24%

23%

38%

24%

Grade 11

40%

33%

38%

30%

36%

32%

 

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