Percent of eligible students at each performance
level on the assessments
What you are
You are looking at a graphic representation of the
assessment scores on the Spring 2001 state tests. The
100-point scale represents 100% of the children who were
assessed at this grade level. The dark, colored band at
the top of the bar shows the percentage of the highest
scoring students. The dark gray band near the bottom
indicates the percentage of the lowest scorers. The
black band at the bottom shows those students eligible
to take the tests who, for whatever reason, did not. The
two bands above the white band are the percentage of
students who have met or exceeded the state’s standard
are looking for
You are hoping to see that all children have met or
exceeded the standard and are represented only in the
top two blocks.
band on the assessment bars, labeled “no score” in the
legend, shows the percentage of eligible test-takers who
were absent or did not complete the multiple-day
testing. To achieve 100% participation by eligible
test-takers, some schools need to reduce the extent to
which their students either don’t come to school – for
reasons that need looking into, won’t come because of
poor school climate, or do not complete the test
sufficiently to obtain a score.
triangle below each assessment sub-scale bar indicates
the percentage of all students who met or exceeded the
state standard including those children who are not
eligible to take the state tests because they are
beginning English Language Learners. This year the
triangle includes as proficient or not proficient those
special education students whose Individual Education
Plan (IEP) calls for the use of an alternate
assessments. Results for special education students who
were eligible to take the alternative assessments, but
did not, for whatever reason, count as a ‘no score’ just
as they do with the regular testing program.
Thus, the number in the triangle uses the number of all
children in the tested grade as the denominator and the
percent who achieved proficiency as the numerator. This
fraction, if you will, generates the percent proficient
for the school as a whole. The bar above the triangle
represents only the achievement on the New Standards
Reference Examinations, RI Writing and RI Health tests.
Please see the State
Section for more information about the alternate
assessments, for which only 1%-2% of the state’s public
school students will ever be eligible.
refusal” exemptions to the Health Test
The RI Health Education Assessment administered in
grades 5 and 9 is the one test from which students may
be exempted if parents so request in writing. Statewide,
222 children’s parents signed them out of the health
test in 2001 – 197 at grade five and 25 at grade nine.
Those children are counted as “non-proficient” in the
triangular “all kids” scores.
The NSRE in mathematics contains three subtests which
are: Skills, Concepts and Problem-Solving. The NSRE in
English Language Arts contains four subtests which are:
Reading: Basic Understanding, Reading: Analysis and
Interpretation, Writing: Effectiveness and Writing:
Conventions. Particular items from the entire test,
which is taken over the course of three days, are
grouped in various ways to form the subscale scores.
Some items are used in more than one subscale.
Assessment Test (SAT)
The SAT is not part of the RI assessment program.
Students who so choose pay to take the tests to fulfill
college admissions requirements. The scores shown in IW!
are for only Seniors, representing the highest score
each senior attained (some of which had been attained
while still Juniors). The participation rate is derived
by taking the fall 2001 enrollment divided by the number
of seniors who have an SAT score.