Sizable Achievement In Tiny State
Feb 10, 1:00 AM
At Blackstone Academy, a small charter high school serving low-income students from Central Falls and Pawtucket, most students arrive at least two grade levels behind in math. In 2009, just 3 percent of juniors at the Pawtucket school scored proficient on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). But in 2010, the schools scores announced Wednesday improved by nearly 30 percentage points. At Exeter-West Greenwich High School, math scores increased by 38 points and reading by 11 points in 2010 the largest gains in the state. And at Beacon Charter School, an arts school in Woonsocket, math scores jumped from 16 percent proficient in 2009 to 48 percent.