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Here's How Beverly Did on the MCAS Exam

MCAS scores were released yesterday — here are some highlights.

The Spring 2012 MCAS scores are in. 

Here's a breakdown of how Beverly did. Stay tuned to Beverly Patch for more on this topic.

For complete information from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education click here.

  • In English — 72 percent of student were ranked proficient or higher (20 percent were ranked in the advanced category and 52 percent in proficient) while 22 percent were ranked as needs improvement and 6 percent were in the warning/failing category. In 2011 for English, the rankings in the advanced, proficient, needs improvement and warning/failing categories were 15 percent, 57 percent, 22 percent and 6 percent respectively.
  • In Math — 59 percent of students were ranked as proficient or higher (24 percent were ranked in the advanced category and 35 percent in proficient) while 28 percent were ranked as needs improvement and 12 percent were in the warning/failing category. In 2011 for math, the rankings in the advanced, proficient, needs improvement and warning/failing categories were 21 percent, 36 percent, 29 percent and 14 percent respectively.
  • In Science — 57 percent of students were ranked proficient or higher (15 percent were ranked in the advanced category and 42 percent in the proficient category) while 32 percent were ranked as needs improvement and 11 percent were in the warning/failing category. There was no science ranking in 2011.

Looking at Progress

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 mandates that every student be proficient in English language arts and math by 2014. In Massachusetts, this proficiency is measured by the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).

A school must improve in proficiency each year based on adequate yearly progress (AYP). In Massachusetts, AYP is determined by student performance on various parts of the MCAS.

In Student Growth Percentile, the district rose from 49 percent to 54 percent in English -- and rose in math from 50 percent to 53 percent.

In the Cumulative Performance Index (a measurement used to calculate AYP but is being phased out for the Student Growth Percentile) the district went from 89.1 to 88.5 in English and rose from 79.9 to 81.3 in math. For science this year, the district's CPI was 81.8 percent.

Grade Highlights

  • Beverly High School tenth graders were above the state average in both English lanuage arts and science. In math, they were below the state average by 1 percent. 
  • The highest percentage of students in the warning/failing category for Beverly was in 7th grade math, at 17 percent.
  • 90 percent of 10th graders passed the English language arts portion of the test with proficient or advanced scores. 
  • 47 percent of 8th graders passed the Science portion of the test with proficient or advanced scores. The state average was 43 percent. 

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