MCAS Results to be Sent Home in October

 

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

     Soon you will be receiving the results of your child's 2018 MCAS assessment . Depending on what grade your child was in, they were either administered the Next-Generation MCAS test, which is a computer-based assessment, or the legacy MCAS assessment, which is a paper-based assessment. All students in the elementary school and all students in grades 7 and 8 were administered the Next-Generation MCAS in ELA and math last year. Students in grade 10 were administered the legacy MCAS for ELA and math. Students who participated in the science assessment were either administered the legacy MCAS or the Next-Generation MCAS depending on their grade level.

     Overall, students at the elementary school showed adequate growth and achievement in both ELA and Math. Sixty-six percent of students tested were either meeting or exceeding expectations in ELA while 59% of students were  either meeting or exceeding expectation in math. The Hatfield Elementary School ranked 7th out of the 40 schools in Hampshire County in ELA and 8th out of 40 in Math. On the science assessment, 57% of the students scored in the proficient or advanced category.  

     Students who were administered the Next-Generation MCAS at Smith Academy showed mixed results. Fifty-one percent of students scored at either meeting or exceeding expectations in math with another 40% scoring at partially meeting expectations. In ELA, 36% were rated at either meeting or exceeding expectations with another 54% scoring at partially meeting expectations. In science, 40% of the student scored in the proficient or advanced category.

     On the tenth grade Legacy MCAS assessment, which is used as a competency-determination for graduation, 83% of the 10 grade students were either rated at proficient or advanced in math with no students in the warning area. In ELA, 97% of the students were rated at proficient or advanced with no students falling or in the warning area.

     School administrators and teachers will be reviewing all the MCAS results, along with other district assessment data, and adjusting instructional practices and curriculum. This is only the second year that Massachusetts schools have administered the Next-Generation computer-based MCAS assessment in ELA and math and only the first year in science, therefore, it is difficult to find baseline trends.

     If you have any questions regarding your child’s MCAS results, I encourage you to contact your child’s educator.  

  

Sincerely,

John F. Robert