MCAS Results Released

How did Andover schools do?

The 2012 MCAS results are in. Take a look at a table with all of the current MCAS info as well as MCAS stats in 2011. Look below for more explanation.

District-wide, Andover showed consistency in excellence by maintaining proficiency ratings in the 80s and above. In 2012, there is a little room for improvement in math and science than in English.

  • ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS: 87 percent tested proficient or advanced (52 percent proficient and 35 percent advanced). The percentage of advanced students went up by two percent since last year. 10 percent tested in need of improvement (same as last year) and 5 percent tested failing (one up from last year).
  • MATH: 80 percent tested proficient or advanced (34 percent proficient, 46 percent advanced), down slightly from 81 percent last year. However, the percentage of just advanced went up by one percent. 16 percent tested in need of improvement (up one percent from last year) and 5 percent tested failing (one percent higher than last year).
  • SCIENCE: This year, 77 percent tested proficient or advanced (44 percent proficient, 33 percent advanced. 19 percent tested in need of improvement, and 4 percent tested failing.

How Are Things Looking?

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 mandates that every student be proficient in English language arts and math by 2014. In Massachusetts, this proficiency is measured by the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).

A school must improve in proficiency each year based on adequate yearly progress (AYP). In Massachusetts, AYP is determined by student performance on various parts of the MCAS.

In Student Growth Percentile, the district went up by 1 percent in English, from 55 percent in 2011 to 56 percent in 2012. The Student Growth Percentile went down by 4 percent in math, from 59 percent in 2011 to 55 percent in 2012.

In the Cumulative Performance Index (a measurement used to calculate AYP but is being phased out for the Student Growth Percentile) the district went down from 95.6 to 95.5 in English and 92.6 to 92 in math. For science this year, the district's CPI was 91.5 percent.

Grade Highlights

  • All grade levels had higher percentages of students proficient or advanced than the statewide totals and lower percentage of failing students than the statewide totals.
  • In Grade 10, 95 percent of students tested proficient or advanced in English Language Arts.
  • 83 percent of Andover third graders tested proficient or advanced in Reading, while only 61 percent of sixth graders in the state did.
  • In science and technology, 88 percent of students in Grade 10 tested proficient or advanced, while only 69 percent of 10th graders in the state did.
Art Barber September 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM
The MCAS results posted in The Boston Globe (Thursday, September 20, 2012, pp A10) show that Andover's results are down in all categories. I would not only like to know why, but what is going to be done to improve.


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