According to the state's Department of Education, the most recent results from tests administered last fall in 2012 show that statewide in Vermont, the percentage of fifth graders who scored in the proficient range in writing increased five percent, from 46 percent in 2011 to 51 percent in 2012. Writing at the eighth grade level also increased, by seven percent, from 59 percent in 2011 to 66 percent in 2012.
The percentage of high school students who scored in the proficient range for writing dropped two percent, from 48 percent to 46 percent. The percentage of students in grades three through eight who scored in the proficient range in reading went down one percent to 73 percent. Reading results at the high school level went up one percent to 74 percent.
Math proficiency scores at the elementary and middle school level stayed the same at 65 percent while math at the high school level went up two percent to 38 percent.
The NECAP exams are designed to specifically assess how well Vermont students have learned the skills and content contained in Vermont schools. These skills include reading, writing, math for the third through eighth, and eleventh grade level. Science is administered to all students in grades four, eight, and 11.
To view the results go to http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_assessment/data.html#necap.
A story involving the results of local schools will be posted on the Manchester Journal website soon.