MCAS scores are in…

The state Department of Education released the results of last year’s MCAS this afternoon. You can find the breakdown by town here.

So how did Grafton do?

In Grade 3 reading, 26 percent scored as above proficient, compared to 15 percent in the state. Forty-one percent scored as proficient, exactly the state score. Twenty-eight percent scored as needs improvement, compared to 33 percent statewide, and only 4 percent scored as failing, compared to 11 percent statewide.

Same grade in math, 24 percent were advanced compared to 25 percent for the state; 44 percent were proficient compared to 36 for the state; 23 percent needs improvement compared to 25 for the state; and 8 percent were failing compared to 14 percent for the state.

Grade 4, English/language arts: 18 percent advanced compared to 8 percent for the state; 51 percent proficient compared to 41 percent for the state; 26 percent needs improvement compared to 39 percent for the state; 6 percent failing compared to 14 percent for the state.

Same grade, math: 24 percent advanced compared to 20 statewide; 30 percent proficient compared to 29 percent statewide; 39 percent needs improvement compared to 39 percent statewide; 7 percent failing compared to 13 percent statewide.

Grade 5, E/LA: 23 percent advanced compared to 13 percent statewide; 50 percent proficient compared to 48 percent statewide; 25 percent needs improvement compared to 30 percent statewide; 3 percent failing compared to 8 percent statewide.

Same grade, math: 25 percent advanced compared to 22 percent statewide; 34 percent proficient compared to 30 percent statewide; 26 percent needs improvement compared to 30 percent statewide; 15 percent failing compared to 17 percent statewide.

Same grade, science and technology: 19 percent advanced compared to 17 percent statewide; 42 percent proficient compared to 33 percent statewide; 32 percent needs improvement compared to 38 percent statewide; 6 percent failing compared to 12 percent statewide.

Grade 6, E/LA: 12 percent advanced compared to 15 percent statewide; 62 percent proficient compared to 52 percent statewide; 20 percent needs improvement compared to 24 percent statewide; 5 percent failing compared to 8 percent statewide.

Same grade, math: 33 percent advanced compared to 23 percent statewide; 40 percent proficient compared to 33 percent statewide; 19 percent needs improvement compared to 26 percent statewide; 8 percent failing compared to 18 percent statewide.

Grade 7, E/LA: 9 percent advanced compared to 12 percent statewide; 67 percent proficient compared to 57 percent statewide; 19 percent needs improvement compared to 23 percent statewide; 5 percent failing compared to 8 percent statewide.

Same grade, math: 15 percent advanced, same grade for the state; 38 percent proficient compared to 32 percent statewide; 34 percent needs improvement compared to 29 percent statewide; 14 percent failing compared to 24 percent statewide.

Grade 8, E/LA: 10 percent advanced compared to 12 percent statewide; 73 percent proficient compared to 63 percent statewide; 13 percent needs improvement compared to 18 percent statewide; 3 percent failing compared to 7 percent statewide.

Same grade, math: 36 percent advanced compared to 19 percent statewide; 27 percent proficient compared to 30 percent statewide; 28 percent needs improvement compared to 27 percent statewide; 8 percent failing compared to 24 percent statewide.

Same grade, science and technology: 5 percent advanced, compared to 3 percent statewide; 63 percent proficient compared to 36 percent statewide; 25 percent needs improvement compared to 39 percent statewide; 7 percent failing compared to 22 percent statewide.

Grade 10, E/LA: 28 percent advanced compared to 23 percent statewide; 57 percent proficient compared to 51 percent statewide; 11 percent needs improvement compared to 21 percent statewide; 3 percent failing compared to 4 percent statewide.

Same grade, Math: 57 percent advanced compared to 43 percent statewide; 25 percent proficient compared to 29 percent statewide; 14 percent needs improvement compared to 19 percent statewide; 5 percent failing compared to 9 percent statewide.

Same grade, science and technology: 23 percent advanced compared to 14 percent statewide; 52 percent proficient compared to 43 percent statewide; 21 percent needs improvement compared to 31 percent statewide; 4 percent failing compared to 12 percent statewide.

Here are the charts to examine how Grafton kids have performed historically.

Extra bonus charts: Grafton’s school expenses, broken down per-pupil.

Talk amongst yourselves — I’m on deadline.

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One thought on “MCAS scores are in…

  1. I’m not much of a data miner and I know interpretation can be very misleading… but I compared 07 with 08 to see the trend with regards to the % of kids who are now in the combined group of Advanced/Above Proficient & Proficient versus a year ago for each “Grade and Subject” category. In 5 of the 16 categories we improved (31%). I’m not sure what we should really expect, but I was kind of hoping it would be a bit higher…

    http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/mcas/performance_level.aspx?linkid=32&orgcode=01100000&fycode=2008&orgtypecode=5&

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