Newton elementary schools made a strong showing in MCAS results released this week by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The Globe analyzed data from the annual Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test, and compared schools on the percentage of students scoring in the “advanced” category. Under that criteria, four different Newton elementary schools placed among the top five statewide in various categories.
Math is the strong suit of students at the Ward Elementary School, where 50 percent of third grade students scored “advanced.” Fifth-graders at Ward did even better, receiving “advanced” scores at a clip of 80 percent, the best rate in the state.
Peirce Elementary distinguished itself on the reading portion of the test, with 38 percent of third-graders and 57 percent of fourth-graders there receiving a grade of “advanced” on the reading portion of the MCAS. That was good for third- and second-best in the Commonwealth, respectively.
Students at Underwood Elementary showed their versatility. Fourth grade students there were the third best test-takers in the state on the math portion, with 57 percent getting “advanced” scores. Meanwhile, percent of fifth grade students scored “advanced” on the reading test, second only to Muraco Elementary in Winchester.
Fifth grade students at Mason-Rice Elementary came in just behind their peers at Underwood on the reading test, grabbing the third place spot with an “advanced” rate of 54 percent.
The strong results are are not unexpected in Newton, which is known for its schools.
Newton high school students, who must pass MCAS in order to graduate, also excelled on the exam. 99 percent of 10th graders in Newton passed the English and science tests, while 98 percent passed the math test. Those who did not receive a passing grade are given several opportunities to retake the exam.