Big gains posted in reading, math scores
01:00 AM EST on Wednesday, January 31, 2007
By Linda Borg-Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE — For the first time in recent memory, the city’s elementary and middle school students have made significant progress in reading and math standardized tests, with some schools showing score increases of 10 percentage points and more.
“We’ve never seen gains of this magnitude across so many grade levels,” said John [sic- Jon] Mickelson, director of assessment for the School Department.
Providence students made gains of 7 percentage points in reading and math and nearly every 1 of the 33 schools tested showed improvements in test scores. That said, student performance in Providence is still unacceptably low: only 37 percent of students are proficient in reading and 31 percent are proficient in math. Of all the state’s urban districts, only Central Falls performs as poorly as Providence.
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