UPDATED: Only 36 Percent of Framingham Students Meeting or Exceeding Expectations on MCAS

FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public School District will remain as a level 3 district, as the district was held harmless because it participated in the Next-Generation MCAS testing.

The held harmless level means, despite the latest results released at midnight, there will be no change in any of the elementary and middle school levels to a lower status, but schools could increase to a higher level.

All of the Framingham Public schools remained at the same level with the latest results, which were released at midnight.

Overall, state results were lower with the new Next-Generation MCAS tests that with the previous standardized tests of PARCC and MCAS.

In Framingham, only 36 percent of students were meeting or exceeding expectations in math and English Language Arts in grades 3-8 in Framingham.

In comparison, just about half of the students in the Commonwealth met or exceeded expectations on the new state-wide testing.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts said achievement levels from this year’s results should not be compared to the proficiency levels from previous years.

In the Framingham Public Schools, we have already begun to analyze the assessment data and will continue to do so in the coming weeks, said Framingham Superintendent Bob Tremblay.

We are committed to our goal of meeting the learning and developmental needs of all students through appropriately challenging, high quality instruction aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, said Tremblay.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education posted the results of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) for all Massachusetts districts and schools, as of midnight.

In the spring of 2017, students in grades 3 – 8 were administered the Next-Generation MCAS after two years of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.

Schools have continued the gradual transition from the paper-based test to the computer-based test.

With the exception of students in grades 3 and 5 at Barbieri and Brophy who continued to take the paper-based assessment, nearly all elementary and middle school students were administered the computer-based test for ELA and Mathematics, said Superintendent Bob Tremblay.

All students in grades 5 and 8 continued to take the paper-based Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) legacy MCAS test.

Due to the district’s participation in Next-Generation MCAS, the state will not be designating accountability levels to our elementary and middle schools this year, said Tremblay.

Since the legacy MCAS is still administered to high school students across the state, only FHS has received an accountability rating.  Accountability determinations aligned with the Next-Generation MCAS will begin in the fall of 2018.

Framingham High School was designated a level 2 school. It did not receive the highest rating, as there was an achievement gap in test results between students in which English was their first language versus students in which English was not their first language. (More on the high school below).

ELA Student Growth Percentile (SGP) by Grade, as released by Framingham Public Schools:

Grade 6 is where Framingham showed the slowest growth in English Language Arts.

Mathematics Student Growth Percentile (SGP) by Grade, as released by Framingham Public Schools.

Along with the transition to the Next-Generation MCAS, The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has developed new achievement levels and set higher standards to better measure progress toward college and career readiness.

In general, the new standards for Meeting Expectations are more rigorous than the standards for reaching the Proficient level on the legacy MCAS.

 

The Next-Generation MCAS results for grade 3 through 8 in ELA and Mathematics include the following achievement levels:

  • Exceeding Expectations: A student who performed at this level exceeded grade-level expectations by demonstrating mastery of the subject matter.
  • Meeting Expectations: A student who performed at this level met grade-level expectations and is academically on track to succeed in the current grade in this subject.
  • Partially Meeting Expectations: A student who performed at this level partially met grade-level expectations in this subject.
  • Not Meeting Expectations: A student who performed at this level did not meet grade-level expectations in this subject.

Individual student results will be mailed home to parents and guardians at the end of month.

ELA Achievement Results for Grade 3 – 8

Overall, 18 percent of students in grades 3-8 were not meeting expectations, and 45 percent of students were partially meeting expectations in English Language Arts. Only 4 percent of students were exceeding expectations.

Mathematics Achievement Results for Grade 3 – 8

Overall, 20 percent of students in grades 3-8 were not meeting expectations, and 44 percent of students were partially meeting expectations in math. Only 4 percent of students were exceeding expectation.

This coming spring 2018, students in grades three to eight will be administered the computer-based version of MCAS in all subjects, including STE.

As in past years, exceptions will be made for students who require paper-and-pencil testing.

Framingham High School students will continue to take the legacy MCAS to meet state graduation requirements.  However, next-generation MCAS will replace the graduation requirement for the Class of 2021.

 

Framingham High School Accountability Remains at Level 2

Framingham High School achievement levels remain strong in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.
In ELA, 92% of Framingham High School students earned a rating of Proficient or Advanced, with 84% of students earning a rating of Proficient or Advanced in mathematics.
The composite performance index (CPI) dropped 0.5 points in ELA and 0.8 points in mathematics.

These are not considered significant changes, said Tremblay.

  • ELA CPI of 95.8 and SGP of 49.0
  • Mathematics CPI of 91.5 and SGP of 54.0
  • Science Technology and Engineering CPI of 92.8

Framingham High continues to ensure student participation rates remain high for all assessments, exceeding the state requirements in all subgroups.  (Note:  ELA, Mathematics and Science participation rates were 99%, 100% and 100%.)  Framingham High has been designated a Level 2 school for not meeting gap narrowing goals. School and district leaders will continue to review data and take the appropriate steps to address areas of need so that all students reach high levels of achievement.

Students are required to pass the MCAS or the approved state test for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to graduate.

  1. The CPI and SGP are measures that allow educators to compare student results.  The CPI can be used to compare student progress toward proficiency in each subject, while the SGP is used to measure student growth in comparison to other students.  CPI is a number between 0 and 100, with a value of 100 representing proficiency in the subject.  SGP ranges from 1 to 99, with 50 representing average growth.

  2. 2. A significant change is considered 2.5 points or more.

  3. “All groups (districts, schools, and subgroups) are expected to halve the distance between their level of performance in 2011 and proficiency by the year 2017.”  Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Glossary of 2017 Accountability Reporting Terms

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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