Almost half of Newport high school students struggle to demonstrate proficiency in math and reading, according to a new report released by the Rhode Island research and advocacy group RI-CAN.
The analysis used New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) data for third through eighth and 11th grade, and four-year graduation rates for high schools. Data was provided by the Rhode Island Department of Education.
Newport students are not alone. By eighth grade, 42 percent of Rhode Island students do not test proficient in math and 22 percent are not proficient readers, according to RI-CAN. A greater 60 percent of black and Latino eighth-graders are not proficient in math and about 40 percent are not proficient readers.