- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - More than 600 Providence high school seniors haven’t yet met a new NECAP graduation requirement in math, reading or both.

School officials announced this week 620 students have not scored at least partial proficiency or demonstrated significant improvement from their previous scores on the New England Common Assessment Program tests.

Sixty-five percent of last school year’s juniors scored substantially below proficient in math; 20 percent scored the same in reading. Overall, 883 students needed to retake one or both tests.

The district says it’s “working diligently” to help those who haven’t yet met the requirement. They can take the NECAP yet again or pass an alternative test. Some students may also be given waivers.

School officials also reported the graduation rate has increased to 71 percent, from 65 percent.

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