MCAS Results

MCAS SCHOOL RESULTS

MCAS school results were released on Friday. Individual student results will be mailed home at the end of this 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. Various scores contributed to that rating:

 

ALL STUDENTS

English Language Arts

Mathematics

Composite Performance Index

(CPI – 100 point scale)

93.3

90.1

% Proficient or Advanced

84%

76%

Median Student Growth Percentile (SGP)

40-60 = Acceptable Growth

Above 60 = High Growth

60

68

“High Needs”* Subgroup

 

English Language Arts

 

Mathematics

Composite Performance Index

(CPI – 100 point scale)

82.8

78.3

% Proficient or Advanced

 

61%

53%

Median Student Growth Percentile (SGP)

40-60 = Acceptable Growth

Above 60 = High Growth

58

65

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

Areas of Strength

  • Accountability Status:  Level 1 (meeting gap narrowing goals)
  • Overall Performance (91st percentile of schools of similar type)
  • Overall High Growth Scores (ELA 60, Mathematics 68)
  • High Needs Subgroup – Improved overall performance and strong growth scores
  • No students received “Warning/Failing” in last year’s Gr. 8 ELA (for the fourth year in a row) or Gr. 7 ELA.
  • Mathematics: A high number of students scoring “Advanced” in the upper grades (68% in Gr. 5, 65% in Gr. 6, 52% in Gr. 7 and 61% in Gr. 8), as well as high growth scores (79.5 in Gr. 5, 70.5 in Gr. 6 & 70 in Gr. 7).

Areas To Be Addressed

  • Achievement gaps in mathematics for students with special needs and Black/African-American students.
  • A higher than usual number of students scoring “Needs Improvement” among students in our current fifth grade over the past two years (while in third and fourth grade).

MCAS Individual Student Results

Parents of students in grades 4-8 will receive their child’s MCAS results during the week of September 29. 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 mathematics results for students in grade 4 because they participated in the state mandated PARCC field test in third grade last year.

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.

Rick Rogers
rick_rogers@brookline.k12.ma.us

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