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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 12-06-2018

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4 THE VALLEY DECEMBER 6-12, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION The results of Rhode Island's newest elementary and middle school assessment were released last Thursday, Nov. 29, and while the statewide results were disappointing compared with Massachusetts, results for individual municipalities in the Blackstone Valley ranged widely, coming in at the high and low end of the testing scale. Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner said the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System, or "RICAS," – the state's newly adopted standardized test format – would give officials an "apples to apples comparison of how we per- form compared to Massachusetts, the gold standard for education in America and beyond." But the first round of results for Rhode Island's version of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Exam (MCAS) don't add up to the state's neighbor just over the border: students in Massachusetts scored 17 percentage points above Rhode Island students in English and 21 percentage points better in math. Woonsocket The results were particularly dis- appointing in Woonsocket, where students had an average scaled ELA score of 478 and an average scaled math score of 476, the third-lowest among traditional public schools in the state after Central Falls and Providence. Only 13 percent of stu- dents met or exceeded expectations in ELA, compared with the state- wide average of 34 percent, while only 11 percent met or exceeded expectations in math, compared with the statewide average of 27 percent. In addition, Woonsocket schools had among the highest percentage of students "not meeting expectations" in the state, with 34.4 percent falling into that category in ELA and 38.4 percent in math. Supt. Patrick McGee said he was disappointed in the results but point- ed out Woonsocket students showed some growth from the results of pre- vious years' PARCC assessments. He added the district has seen growth over the past several years on assess- ments outside of the required state tests, including the Achieve3000 reading assessment and the STAR math and reading assessments. "It's about growth," he said. "As much as I would like to say that we'll have 75 percent proficiency next year, the reality is that districts don't make that kind of proficiency growth in one year, but what you want to see is that students individu- ally are showing growth." McGee added that teachers and administrators will be sitting down to analyze the data in order to continue growth in the district. He plans to make a formal presentation regarding the results to the School Committee in January, while families can expect additional information on the results from school principals in the coming months. North Smithfield Students in North Smithfield per- formed among the top districts in the state, with an average scaled ELA score of 505, the third highest in the state, and an average scaled math score of 497, the 14th highest in the state. Sixty percent of stu- dents met or exceeded expectations in ELA, placing the district above the state average by 26 percent- age points, while 44 percent met or exceeded expectations in math, placing the district above the state average by 17 percentage points. In addition, the district ranked number one in average growth for both sub- jects compared with the 2016-2017 PARCC results, though state offi- cials cautioned against making too close of a comparison between the two tests. Supt. Michael St. Jean attributed the high growth ranking to the pres- ence of subject interventionists at the elementary and middle school levels and added the results help the schools to better identify strengths and weaknesses across multiple stan- dards. "Our teachers are analyzing the data and adjusting the curriculum and instruction to continue our growth trend and ensure that more and more North Smithfield students will meet or exceed all expecta- tions," he said. Blackstone-Millville One advantage of the new RICAS testing system is Rhode Island bor- der municipalities are now able to directly compare results with neigh- boring Massachusetts communities. The 2018 MCAS results for the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District, released in September, show a district that performed slightly worse than the Massachusetts state average but significantly better than urban Woonsocket to the south and better than the Rhode Island state average as a whole. Students in grades 3–8 in Blackstone and Millville had an average scaled score of 497.1 for ELA and 495.7 for math, compared with a Rhode Island state aver- age of 490 for ELA and 487 for math. Forty-four percent of students met or exceeded expectations in ELA compared with a 51 percent Massachusetts state average, and 41 percent met or exceeded expecta- tions in math compared with a 48 percent Massachusetts state average. On new tests, N. Smithfield does well, Woonsocket struggles By LAUREN CLEM and NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writers nicole@valleybreeze.com Boy Scout Troop 1 pancake breakfast is Sunday BLACKSTONE – Blackstone Boy Scout Troop 1, chartered by St. Paul Church, will hold its all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, from 8 a.m. to noon, on Sunday, Dec. 9, in the lower level of the hall at 48 St. Paul St. Join the troop for eggs, sausage and pancakes, coffee and orange juice. 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Notice is hereby given that the North Smithfield Planning Board will hold an infor- mational meeting on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the North Smithfield Middle School cafeteria, 1850 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, to review a Master Plan Application for a Major Subdivision known as Rankin Estates. This is a continu- ance from the October 25, 2018 meeting. Project Description The subdivision proposes 126 single family house lots, 4 community soccer fields, 3 community baseball fields, and 156 acres of open space. Total acreage for the site is 270 acres. The project contains frontage along Route 7 and consists of Plat 14, Lots: 17, 19, 29, 31, 32, 34, 88, 93, 106, 125, 128, 135, 144, 145, 147, 202, and 242. Plans may be reviewed at the Planning Department, Town Hall, One Main Street, Slatersville, Mon-Wed, 8 am-4 p.m.; Thurs, 8 am-5 p.m.; Fri, 8 am-12 p.m. Individuals requiring interpreter services for the hearing impaired should call RI Relay at 1 (800) 745-5555, 72 hours prior to the date of the meeting. Town of North Smithfield,Rhode Island Planning Board NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL MEETING Accepting New Patients • On-Time Appointments • Extended Hours • Saturday Hours by Appointment 68 Cumberland Street., Suite 205 Woonsocket, RI Internal Medicine Care 401-765-4100 WE'VE MOVED www.rimedicine.com e Housing Authority of the City of Woonsocket, Rhode Is- land is accepting proposals from qualified firms or individuals for Legal Services for Landlord/ Tenant. Submission date is Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Woonsocket Housing Authority at 679 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895. e RFP package will be available on line at www. woonsockethousing.org in Bid Opportunities under the Pro - curement heading. Questions regarding this proposal may be directed to Susan Castrataro at 401-767-8062 or Scastrataro@ woonsockethousing.org. Robert Moreau An Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer TDD 1-800-745-6575 REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL LEGAL SERVICES

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