Students Get at least 4 cracks at Passing the NECAP Requirement
In light of the recent outcry over the NECAP graduation requirements, here are the actual requirements as published on the RI Dep’t of Ed. website:
First Chance: Score 2 on first attempt (2 out of 4, 2 is partial proficiency) in 11th grade.
If they fail the first try, the student and his parents are then given a school-developed progress plan to follow and students are told exactly what score they must get in subsequent tests to show adequate progress (i.e. they don’t actually have to even get a “2”).
Second Chance: Re-take test in Fall of 12th grade. Score 2 OR SHOW PROGRESS TOWARDS PROFICIENCY (which means most students who scored a “1” on first try need to answer an additional 5-8 questions correctly).
Third Chance: Re-take a shortened test in Spring of 12th grade. Same requirements as 2nd chance (score a 2 or show progress).
Fourth Chance: After the second failure (ie; between the 2nd and 3rd re-takes), students can substitute scores from an approved list of tests (such as AT tests, AP tests, Accuplacer test, and others).
All of this occurs over a year following the first failure. I’m sure school departments will have remediation classes and other programs in place to help students satisfy the requirement. And parents could even take matters in their own hands and get their kid some extra help like a tutor or (for free) something like Khan Academy.