State education officials released the much-anticipated MCAS results for individual schools and districts today, a popular barometer of school achievement. They also designated seven schools—including two in Boston—as underperforming, citing MCAS scores.
Those schools are: Riverbend School in Athol-Royalston; Channing Elementary School and Winthrop Elementary School in Boston; Watson Elementary School in Fall River; New Bedford High School; and Bradley Elementary School and High School of Science and Technology, both in Springfield.
The results came two days after state officials announced statewide numbers. High school scores reached historic highs, and for good reason: Students must pass the exam in order graduate.
Across all grade levels, math scores went up, except for the sixth grade. English scores were mixed, and results in the third and fourth grade, where scores dropped by four percentage points, raised concerns about the quality of literacy instruction across the state. Just 57 percent of the state’s third-graders, for instance, scored proficient or higher in reading.
In Boston, the highest 10th-grade scores were achieved by Boston Latin School, where 100 percent of students scored proficient or higher in English, math, and science. Latin Academy followed closely behind, with 100 percent of students scoring proficient or higher in English and math and 93 percent reaching those levels in science.
In third-grade reading, eight Boston schools scored higher than the state average. The Hurley achieved the highest score, with 78 percent of third-graders scoring proficient or higher in reading, up from 63 percent the previous year.
But dozens of others fell below the state average. At Mattahunt Elementary, which was declared underperforming last year, only 11 percent of third-graders scored proficient or higher, down from 13 percent the previous year.James Vaznis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @globevaznis.