BAR HARBOR — Once again, elementary school students in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) have, as a group, scored higher than the state average on standardized reading, math and writing tests.
Results of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) tests that students took in October 2012 were released Feb. 4 by the Maine Department of Education. The annual tests are designed to gauge how well students in grades three through eight are doing in reading and math. Students in grades five and eight take the writing test.
Statewide, 71 percent of students who took the reading test met or exceeded the NECAP standard for proficiency.
At Mount Desert Elementary, 88 percent of students scored at the meets-or-exceeds level. Close behind was Conners-Emerson Elementary in Bar Harbor at 86 percent and Pemetic Elementary in Southwest Harbor at 84 percent. Trenton Elementary at 76 percent and Tremont Consolidated at 74 percent also exceeded the statewide average in reading.
On the math test, 62 percent of students statewide scored at or above the NECAP standard for proficiency. That number was 79 percent at both Conners-Emerson and Mount Desert, 70 percent at Pemetic, 65 percent at Tremont and 59 percent at Trenton.
Statewide, 51 percent of students in grades five and eight met or exceeded the NECAP standard for writing. At Pemetic, 80 percent of students achieved that level of proficiency. The numbers for the other local schools were 71 percent at Mount Desert, 66 percent at Trenton, 58 percent at Conners-Emerson and 46 percent at Tremont.
Asked to comment on the NECAP results, MDIRSS superintendent Howard Colter said, “Standardized achievement tests provide very important and interesting information. However, they are but one way to measure student academic growth and the quality of schools.”