MCAS School Results

MCAS SCHOOL RESULTS

MCAS school results were released in September. Individual student results will be mailed home at the end of this coming week. School accountability ratings have been delayed until both MCAS and PARCC results are released.

Meanwhile, here are a few school results.

ALL STUDENTS

English Language Arts

Mathematics

Composite Performance Index

(CPI – 100 point scale)

92.9

89.0

% Proficient or Advanced

84%

78%

Median Student Growth Percentile (SGP)

40-60 = Acceptable Growth

Above 60 = High Growth

62

64.5

“High Needs”* Subgroup

English Language Arts

Mathematics

Composite Performance Index

(CPI – 100 point scale)

82.7

77.8

% Proficient or Advanced

63%

61%

Median Student Growth Percentile (SGP)

40-60 = Acceptable Growth

Above 60 = High Growth

57

61

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

Areas of Strength

  • Overall continued high performance (ELA 92.9 and Mathematics 89) and growth scores (ELA 62, Mathematics 64.5).
  • Gr. 8 ELA:  96% Proficient or Above.  No students received “Warning/Failing” (for the fifth year in a row).
  • Mathematics: A high number of students scoring “Advanced” in sixth grade (67%) and eighth grade (61%) .  High growth scores in fifth grades (72) and sixth grade (70).

Areas To Be Addressed

  • Achievement gap in mathematics for Black/African-American students
  • Achievement gap in mathematics for students with special needs

MCAS Individual Student Results

Parents of students in grades 4-8 will receive their child’s MCAS results by the end of this week. 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. Please note that there are no growth scores in math for students currently in grade 5 because they participated in the state mandated PARCC field test in third grade two years ago.

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 more 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 Laura Horst, or me.

PARCC or MCAS?

On November 16, the Massachusetts Board of Education is scheduled to vote on whether to require MCAS or PARCC for all school districts in Massachusetts.

Rick Rogers
rick_rogers@brookline.k12.ma.us

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