Teachers within the East Greenwich School Department will continue to not have to worry about having students’ results from a significant standardized test determining their performances as mentors and tutors in the classroom.
In a phone interview Tuesday morning, East Greenwich Superintendent Dr. Victor Mercurio said the recent announcement by the Rhode Island Department of Education temporarily suspending using student progress from the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) examinations as a method rating a teacher’s overall body of work for the upcoming school year will not have an impact on the district.
Mercurio said the East Greenwich School Department did not use NECAP results to determine performances by teachers in the last two years and the School Department, as a whole, will look at how a particular teacher is doing with their job “holistically on an individual basis.” He also stated the growth model that the NECAP tests – based on the results of English and mathematics – was slated to be implemented this upcoming school year. But, Mercurio said, because the growth model was postponed, it isn’t a current reality with either East Greenwich or another district in Rhode Island.
“We’re going to continue to do what we’ve been trying to build capacity and sustainability for the model,” Mercurio said. “For us, it hasn’t been (a factor) for the last two years. So it’s pretty much status quo. We’re going to continue to do what we’ve been trying to build capacity and sustainability for the model.”