MCAS Scores to be Mailed Home Soon

MCAS Scores to be Mailed Home Soon
Posted on 10/08/2019
MCAS score reports from the 2018 - 2019 school year will be mailed to families soon. While MCAS is only one data point in a much more complicated array of assessments, we take the information from this standardized exam seriously. The materials you receive in the mailing will explain your student’s data but we wanted to share with you some key information related to the scores.

On the score reports, you will notice that there are four levels of proficiency: Exceeding Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Partially Meeting Expectations, and Not Meeting Expectations. Additionally, there will be your student’s growth percentile, which compares your student’s growth to other students. If a student is growing at the same rate as most students in a year, then their growth percentile will be somewhere between the 40th and 60th percentile. That is “expected growth.” High growth is certainly a cause for celebration and growth below the 40th percentile is something we look more closely at to understand what is happening with that student’s learning. The information in the mailing will provide further information.

As a school, here are overall results:
  • 57% of all RAUC students met or exceeded expectations in Math

  • 62% of all RAUC students met or exceeded expectations in English Language Arts

  • 52% of 8th Grade RAUC students met or exceeded expectations in Science and Technology/Engineering
In most grades and subjects, RAUC outperforms both state and district averages. While overall there are many strengths in our data, there are also opportunities for growth. The state breaks MCAS data apart into performance by subgroups of students. We’ve noticed persistent achievement gaps between subgroups. We are using MCAS and other data points to target our school improvement efforts and professional learning. Staff is focusing on increasing culturally responsive teaching practices, strengthening both rigor and engagement, and co-teaching. We have strengthened our Aim High blocks this year to offer small group instruction for students. Additionally, we continue to offer both before and after school support.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Katie Gribben, Literacy Coach & Specialist (kgribben@cpsd.us) or Sara Helmes, Math Coach (shelmes@cpsd.us).
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