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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 12-06-2018

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | DECEMBER 6-12, 2018 THE VALLEY 23 the statewide numbers, with 40 per- cent of students tested meeting and exceeding expectations in ELA, ver- sus the state's 34 percent average. In math, 42 percent met and exceeded expectations, compared to 27.3 per- cent statewide. Though Lincoln students outper- formed the statewide average, the district fell toward the middle of the pack when ranked by the percentage of students meeting and exceeding expectations, placing 18th statewide in math and 25th statewide in ELA. Roughly the same number of stu- dents in Lincoln only partially met expectations in both subjects: 45.4 percent in ELA and 45.5 percent in math. Similarly, 37 percent of Lincoln students met expectations in ELA, compared to 38.5 in math. Lastly, 2.8 percent exceeded expecta- tions in ELA, while 3.3 percent did so in math. Lincoln's average scaled score in ELA was three percentage points above the statewide average of 490. In math, Lincoln scored an average of 495, eight percentage points high- er than the Rhode Island average, earning the district the 11th position across R.I. Lincoln Supt. Larry Filippelli said he and the district's curriculum direc- tor were still wading through the scores and data early this week. While he said it would be prema- ture to comment on a strategy for improv- ing scores going for- ward, Filippelli said the district "has a lot of work to do in picking apart the cut scores, how each grade performed, looking at potential gaps in the cur- riculum, etc." "Then, we need to meet with our administrators and come up with some plans to address strategies for increasing the scores for next year," he said. Filippelli noted that Massachusetts made a 20-year commitment to this test two decades ago and saw con- tinuous improvement over time. "Conversely, Rhode Island has had three different assessments for our students in the last five years. Hence, it is like hitting a moving target for our students and for our teachers," he said. "Once we think we get the curriculum nailed down and prepare our students, the assess- ment and curriculum changes again. I think moving forward, if Rhode Island actually commits to this test, you will see the scores go up every year." From preceding page FILIPPELLI Comedy show will benefit Valentine Whitman House LINCOLN – The historic Valentine Whitman House will pres- ent a show by Dave Kane called "Jokes My Irish Father Told Me" on Friday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., at the Lincoln Senior Center, 150 Old Jenckes Hill Road. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The show is a fundraiser for the 1694 stone-ender homestead located at 1147 Great Road. Reservations can be made by call- ing Pat at 401-334-2182, the cost is $12 per person. There will be coffee and pastries after the show with tickets being sold for raffles. Lincoln High School announces All-State Musicians LINCOLN – Lincoln High School announced its All-State Band, All- State Orchestra and All-State Choir Members. Samantha Gill - Freshman, Soprano, ranked 9th, Junior All-State Mixed Choir Jason Huang - Senior, Flute, All- State Band, ranked 3rd Stephen Kology - Senior, Trumpet, All-State Band, ranked 8th Emma Lemieux - Freshman, Soprano, ranked 13th, Junior All- State Treble Choir Yiru Li - Senior, Clarinet, All-State Band, ranked 4th David Motta - Senior, Trumpet, All- State Band, ranked 4th Matthew Ricard - Senior, Clarinet, All-State Orchestra, ranked 2nd Santa Claus comes to the Family Literacy Center LINCOLN – Santa will visit the Family Literacy Center, 12 Parkway, on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit with Santa, make a Christmas craft, and enjoy some hot cocoa. Each child will leave with a free book. Check Our Website for Today's Low Heating Oil Price $5.00 Off Any Decorated Wreath Over $55.00 (with this coupon) Expires 12/10/2018 $5.00 Off Any Decorated Wreath Over $55.00 (with this coupon) Expires 12/10/2018

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