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Framingham schools MCAS results statement

Posted by Tom Coakley  September 20, 2013 12:00 PM

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The Framingham school system has issued the following press release on this year's MCAS results.

Framingham Public Schools
MCAS 2013

Recently released MCAS student performance results for 2013 show continued progress for Framingham Public Schools (FPS) overall. Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) is Massachusetts’ measure of students’ individual progress over time.
In Math, Framingham’s SGP increased district-wide overall by eight percentile points. In particular, grades five and six made significant increases, with grade five increasing by 12 percentile points and grade six by 24 percentile points as compared to other students across The Commonwealth. The mathematics SGP increased by 6 percentile points. In ELA, SGP overall grew by 6 percentile points from 46% to 52%, placing Framingham above the median for the state. There are many individual success stories to tell.

High School
The High School continues to outperform all of our State comparison (DART) districts. The High School exceeds Annual Yearly Progress targets for proficiency in all subgroups. The extraordinary performance of the High School is self-evident in the high proficiency rates of students in the Advanced and Proficient categories: Science, Technology and Engineering (STE) – 89%; ELA – 94%; and, Math – 88%. Their CPI (Composite Performance Index) scores are 96.1 STE, 98% ELA and 94.3% Math. These scores are very strong, calculated out of 100% from a variety of variables measuring performance in each area and subgroup. The overall aggregate dropout rate at FHS was reduced from 2.8% to 2.4%. In one year, the ELL dropout rate was reduced from 7.7% to 5.9%. The 5-year Cohort Graduation Rate for ELLs improved from 64.9% to 73.8%. Framingham High School’s accountability level dropped to Level Three, impacted by low participation in the new science test given for the first time to ESL students. An appeal has been filed regarding the Level Three status for the High School with firm hopes that Level Three status will be removed. These stories demonstrate the hard work of staff in focusing on what really matters: setting high expectations and maintaining high standards to support the high performance of all of our students. We are very proud of the performance of our students and the improvements of our team.
Thayer Campus had 10 students take the MCAS Biology exam, all 10 of them successfully passed the exam. They also had 8 students take the 10th Grade ELA exam, all 8 of them successfully passed the exam. Some of these students had attempted these exams multiple times in the past. This 100% passing rate is unprecedented, and deserving of high praise for the work our Thayer Campus faculty have invested.

Elementary Schools
Potter Road Elementary scores for Proficient and Advanced in ELA made dramatic gains in 5th grade from 69% to 92%; Math improved from 53% to 59% Proficient and Advanced. Potter Road’s grade five students demonstrated dramatic increased performance gains, with 78% of their fifth grade students in the Advanced category in Science.
Dunning Elementary successfully maintained its unique Level One status for a second year. Dunning increased the combined Advanced & Proficient categories in grade four ELA by 16% and decreased the percentage of students in the Needs Improvement category by 18%. Dunning achieved combined Proficient and Advanced scores of 66% and 63% in ELA and Math, respectively. Dunning met its ELA school improvement target of increasing the percentage of students Advanced and Proficient by 10%.
Improvements in Math at Brophy were significant, especially in the 3rd grade where Proficient and Advanced scores climbed from 29% to 57%. In grade three, Brophy Elementary increased the percentage of students in combined Math Advanced & Proficient categories by an impressive 28%, mirroring their decreased percentage of students in Needs Improvement & Warning/Failing categories by 28%. Also, Brophy Elementary School successfully showed a significant decrease in the combined Needs Improvement & Warning/Failing categories by 9%. The numbers of students in the Warning category in Math decreased at all grade levels. Similar to Wilson in third grade mathematics, Brophy decreased the number of students in the combined Needs Improvement and Warning/Failing categories by over 10%.
In grade three Math, Wilson Elementary students made impressive shifts in the combined Advanced & Proficient categories, increasing by 17%. Also, in Math for grades three and five, Wilson decreased their numbers of students in Warning significantly by 19 and 20 points, respectively. In Math overall, Wilson increased the percentage of students in the combined Advanced & Proficient categories by 13% and decreased the combined Needs Improvement and Warning/Failing categories also by 13%. In fact, Wilson students increased in numbers of students in Advanced and Proficient in every area measured. Wilson also demonstrated improvement for their Special Need students who hit their benchmarks in Math and ELA.
Hemenway Elementary moved from a Level I to a Level II school. 5th grade scores gained more ground from 83% to 88% in Proficient and Advanced levels in Math. While Hemenway maintains the highest proficiency ratings of all of our elementary school, their proficiency levels dipped in ELA and Math in 3rd and 4th grades. Not meeting growth scores for each subgroup impacted Hemenway’s accountability rating.
McCarthy Elementary made progress in 5th grade ELA in the combined Proficient and Advanced categories increasing by 5% and decreasing numbers in Needs Improvement by 6%. Also, performance increased by 6% in 8th grade Math in the Advanced category. McCarthy scores in Proficient and Advance dipped in 3rd and 4th grade but increased in 5th grade from 53% to 58% in ELA and 42% TO 48% in Math for Proficient and Advanced levels.
Barbieri Elementary succeeded in reaching its target for the subgroup Students With Disability reaching a celebrated proficiency rate of 75%. Barbieri continued its steady progress in 3rd grade Math rising from 35% to 44% from 2011 to 2013. Barbieri’s Student Growth Percentiles were greatly improved in Math and Science. Barbieri’s Grade 4 Long Composition performance was high compared to the District and the State.
Stapleton Elementary saw increases in its 3rd grade SGP in Math. This highlights a third year of improvements in Math across the grades. Stapleton scores in 5th grade ELA and Math Proficient and Advanced had mixed results in other areas. Its most improved area was 3rd grade Math where scores rose from 43% to 48% Proficient and Advanced.

Middle Schools
Cameron Middle demonstrated high growth in its SGP in many areas. The focus on Open Response questions yielded noticeable improvements. Cameron achieved 65% combined performance in Proficient and Advanced in ELA overall.
Fuller Middle increased its overall percent Proficient and Advanced in Math from 37% to 48%. 7th and 8th grade proficiency rates for Fuller are both at 70% for ELA.
Walsh Middle increased in SGP across the board in all grades. The numbers of Proficient students increased consistently and the number of students in Needs Improvement decreased in all grades in Math and ELA.
Overall Scores
Based on preliminary data, students made achievement gains in performance in the combined Advanced & Proficient categories for Math district-wide, showing improvement for 2012 to 2013 from 50% to 54%. Substantial gains were made in grade six with a 10% increase, grade five with a 6% increase, and grade three with an impressive 5% increase in the combined Advanced & Proficient categories. Unfortunately, the district-wide 2013 MCAS results in ELA showed a slight dip of 3% in the combined percent of students in Advanced & Proficient categories, falling from 52% to 49%. In grade three ELA, there was a decrease of 10% in the combined Advanced & Proficient categories and a decrease of 8% in grade five ELA. Grade five improved 6% in the combined Advanced & Proficient categories, improving above the state median.
Two additional schools moved to Level Three status. In spite of their status, significant gains in performance have been demonstrated at these and all Framingham schools.

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