Begun on October 2, statewide New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) testing will occupy much of the month for Block Island School students in grades three through eight, and eleven. Co-Principal John Canole said the testing, which will focus on the language arts (reading and writing) and math, will continue to October 23. Science NECAPs will be offered in the spring of 2013.
The NECAPs are a significant response by Rhode Island Department of Education to the No Child Left Behind Act. The goal of this effort, as the state describes it, has been to make assessments available to the administration, the faculty and to parents in order “to make informed decisions about students’ instructional needs.”
Canole particularly urged juniors taking the test to strive to do as well as they could, attempting to attain at least a minimal designation of “partially proficient” — while, of course, striving for the highest scores, which in descending order might give them a “proficient with distinction” or “proficient” status. The lowest achievable score is “substantially below proficient.”
With twelfth grade and graduation looming before them, Canole hoped the eleventh grade class would be aware of the significance of the NECAP scores in relation to their futures.
On October 9, a guidance meeting for seniors and their parents will be held at 7 p.m. in the school library.
October 11 has been designated Picture Day, during which each child in the entire student body will be photographed.
Second grade teacher Barbie Michel has arranged for a Fire Safety Presentation on October 15 for classes from kindergarten through the fourth grade. A fireman from the Block Island Fire Department will speak on fire awareness and precautions.
October 15 has been scheduled for the first grade’s annual field trip to Schartner’s Farm in Exeter. Schartner’s was founded in 1902 and has become a favorite destination of class trips throughout the state.
On October 16, an administrative representative from the University of Rhode Island will meet with ninth and tenth grade students to discuss the college admissions process. The talk will take place during school hours.