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Most schools see MCAS boost



Recorder Staff
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Most of the county’s public school districts improved in mathematics, while about half improved in science and English language arts over last year on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test, according to state data released this week.

Statewide, schools declined slightly in math, from an average of 79 percent scoring proficient or higher in 2015 to 78 percent this year, and improved slightly from 72 to 73 percent in science. They held the line in English language arts, scoring 91 percent proficient or higher on average.

Math

Locally, all districts except Greenfield, Mohawk Trail and Ralph C. Mahar improved in the “proficient or above” category for math at the crucial 10th-grade level. Passing that test is a graduation requirement.

Frontier Regional, Four Rivers Public Charter School, Gill-Montague and Pioneer Valley Regional all beat the state average of students scoring proficient or higher in math this year.

Science

In science, nearly all districts beat the state average of 73 percent scoring proficient or higher. Just Athol-Royalston and Greenfield fell below that mark.

Athol-Royalston, Four Rivers, Gill-Montague and Greenfield’s scores all declined over 2015 in that subject, while the rest of the districts saw improvements.

English language arts

In English language arts, Four Rivers, Pioneer Valley, Frontier Regional and the Franklin County Regional Vocational Technical School all scored above the state’s 91 percent proficient or higher average.

The Tech School and Frontier Regional improved over 2015, while Four Rivers maintained a perfect 100 percent score over last year and Greenfield held steady at 88 percent.

Accountability reports

All of the county’s school districts remained at their current accountability and assistance levels.

Athol-Royalston is a Level 4 district, and Gill-Montague is a Level 3 district. All others are Level 2 district.

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