MCAS School Results

Overview of the School Year
PTO Meeting
Tuesday, September 24 – 8:00 am – Library

Please join Monica Crowley and me as we present a report on the opening of school and a brief overview of our school’s priorities for continuous improvement in the coming year. In the coming weeks, we will write about these priorities in more detail.

 MCAS SCHOOL RESULTS

MCAS school results were released on Friday. Individual student results will be mailed home next week.

I am pleased to report that Lawrence School has again earned a “Level 1” rating under Massachusetts’s accountability rating system.   This rating indicates overall high performance, as well as meeting targets to narrow achievement gaps for “high needs*” students.   Our school scored in the 86th percentile of schools of a similar type.  Various scores contributed to that rating:

ALL STUDENTS

English Language Arts

Mathematics

Composite Performance Index
(CPI – 100 point scale)

92.3

90.4

% Proficient or Advanced

80%

78%

Median Student Growth Percentile (SGP)
40-60 = Acceptable Growth
Above 60 = High Growth

60.5

67

“High Needs”* Subgroup

English Language Arts

Mathematics

Composite Performance Index
(CPI – 100 point scale)

82.7

87.0

% Proficient or Advanced

57%

55%

Median Student Growth Percentile (SGP)
40-60 = Acceptable Growth
Above 60 = High Growth

63

58

* “High Needs” includes students who are low income, English Language Learners and/or have special needs 

One area we need to continue to address is the performance of students with special needs in mathematics, where a persistent achievement gap continues (CPI of 65.1 vs. 90.4 for all students).

A few other points pulled from the results:

  • No students received Warning/Failing in Gr. 8 ELA or Gr. 4 Math.
  • Our strongest student growth scores came in both Gr. 6 and 8 Mathematics (73rd percentile).
  • A significant increase in the % of students scoring “Advanced” for ELL students in Math and for Low Income and Students with Disabilities in ELA.
  • A significant decrease in the % of student scoring “Warning/Failing” in mathematics (nearly all subgroups).

MCAS Individual Student Results

Parents of students in grades 4-8 will receive their child’s MCAS results during the week of September 30. The results are from MCAS testing completed last March (English Language Arts) and May (Mathematics).   Students in grades 5 & 8 were also tested in Science in May.

Students continue to receive a performance score on a scaled score:

Advanced 260-280
Proficient 240-258
Needs Improvement 220-238
Warning 200-218

Students also receive a Student Growth Percentile (SGP). The percentile is intended to show how much a student grew in the past year when compared to other students across the state who are their “academic peers” (i.e. scored at a similar level on previous MCAS tests).   Growth in the 40th-60th percentile is considered acceptable progress.    Students’ scoring above 60th percentile is considered high growth.

For more information on understanding your child’s MCAS results, go to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website at: http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/parents/

For information on our school’s performance, go to:

http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/mcas/achievement_level.aspx?linkid=32&orgcode=00460030&orgtypecode=6&

If you have questions about your child’s performance on MCAS, please contact your child’s teacher, Vice Principal Monica Crowley, or me.

Rick Rogers

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