With the publishing of the statewide RICAS results, we can now asses our student’s performance for the 17-18 school year.
North Smithfield remains strong in English Language Arts as we consistently rank near the top in the State. Math is problematic state-wide. In comparison to the rest of the state, North Smithfield presents itself admirably in Mathematics rankings.
However, The RICAS is a very rigorous series of assessments and, even though we are well above the state average for the % Meeting or Exceeding the Expectations in both ELA and Mathematics, there is still much work to be done.
One of the most encouraging rankings is our #1 placement in average student growth percentiles in ELA and Math on the RICAS assessment.
For ELA, we attribute our historical strength and growth to the instruction and systems of supports developed between our classroom teachers and our ELA Interventionists over the years.
In Math, until recently, we did not have full time Interventionists. In 16-17, we presented to the School Committee a plan to expand intervention for students in Math and were able to budget and add two full-time Math Interventionists, one at Halliwell and one at NSMS. In 17-18, we were able to add another Math Interventionist at NSMS. Also, due to increasing student needs at NSES, we added another ELA Interventionist. Our Interventionists and classroom teachers work as a team to improve ELA and Math instruction and together are quickly able to identify and respond to students who require extra assistance.
We attribute our #1 statewide ranking in Average Growth for both ELA and Mathematics to our teachers continuously assessing and improving instruction and our ability to respond to individual student needs through intervention.
Analyzing the Data:
While this summary data presents a snapshot of where we stand in the state, it is the supporting data we are most excited about. With the full range of data provided by these assessments, we are better able to identify our strengths and weaknesses across multiple standards and skills, at the school level, grade level, and even at the individual student level.
Our teachers are analyzing the data and adjusting the curriculum and instruction to continue our growth trend and ensure that more and more North Smithfield students will meet or exceed all expectations.