Yesterday the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the results of assessment and accountability for Massachusetts schools and districts.
According to the Department of Early and Secondary Education, 108 PARCC districts had 80 percent or more of their students score in the Meeting Expectations range in English language arts, and 71 districts did so in math. Among urban districts, Cambridge stood out for having the highest percentage of students in grades 3-8 score in the Meeting Expectations range in English language arts (66 percent), and Leominster had the highest percentage among urban districts score in the Meeting Expectations range in math (58 percent).
This past spring, students across the Commonwealth took the PARCC assessment, a test aligned to rigorous standards that provides an accurate picture of student achievement. This test measures a wide range of real-world skills like critical thinking, problem solving, and analysis. Although, Massachusetts has decided to create a new assessment, the results will provide a meaningful assessment of student achievement that the Department of Early and Secondary Education as well as the Standard Setting Policy Committee—composed of educators and administrators from K–12 and higher education, policymakers, and other stakeholders— can use when making recommendations to the Commissioner and the Board regarding the achievement levels for the next-generation MCAS tests.
We look forward to supporting the Department as they roll out the next-generation MCAS test this coming spring. Massachusetts students deserve to have a fair and skills-based state assessment that will close the current ‘honesty gap’ with MCAS outcomes by giving students and families an accurate measure of whether students are on track to be successful in today’s colleges and careers.