CUMBERLAND ― Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) once again posted strong academic results in the recently released results of the 2018-2019 administration of the SAT and the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS) assessments for 11th grade and grades 3-8 respectively.
On the SAT, BVP outperformed the state and national averages, with an average score of 977 versus 957 in Rhode Island and 973 nationally. Moreover, in looking at subgroup data, our students from low-income backgrounds―70% of our high school population―dramatically outperformed their like peers statewide with scores of 969 versus 859.
On the RICAS, BVP outperformed the state proficiency averages in both English Language Arts (49 vs. 39) and mathematics (49 vs. 30) by double digits, despite serving a much higher percentage of students from low-income backgrounds than the state population. Indeed, BVP students from low-income backgrounds outperformed like peers statewide by 20 points (43 vs. 23) in ELA and 26 points (42 vs. 16) in mathematics.
BVP is especially proud to celebrate the first results from its youngest school, Elementary School 3. In its first year of state testing, ES3 scored in the top 15% for all schools statewide in both ELA and mathematics. In addition, growth at both BVP middle schools was outstanding, with statistically significant growth in 5th and 7th grade for both ELA and mathematics.
“While there is much to celebrate, the reality is that we have a lot of really important work to do to achieve our mission to prepare every scholar for success in college and the world beyond,” said Jeremy Chiappetta, CEO. “These results are especially exciting considering that BVP is one of the lowest funded school systems in Rhode Island, several thousand dollars per pupil below the state average.”
BVP families should expect Individual Score Reports for RICAS to be sent home by the end of this week. In order to best prepare your child for academic success, please continue to make sure that your child is reading at least 30 minutes nightly and working through his or her current grade’s Khan Academy mission.
State, District, and School results can be viewed at https://lms.backpack.education/public/ride.