The Providence Journal reports that no school district and no groups of students made significant improvements in science in 2016, according to the Rhode Island Department of Education. In fact, this year’s results continue a four-year decline in science proficiency.

State Education Commissioner Ken Wagner said there is a reason for the poor showing. In 2013, Rhode Island adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, but the current assessment (the New England Common Assessment Program or NECAP) is much more focused on subject matter, so the test no longer reflects what students are learning in the classroom.

“There is a mismatch between our test and our new standards,” Wagner said.

Rhode Island is in discussions with other Next Generation states about what the new assessment test that will replace the NECAP should look like, and Wagner hopes it will be up and running in 2018.

Click here to read the full story in the Providence Journal (September 27, 2016)


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