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Framingham Public Schools are Making Substantial Progress Toward MCAS Targets

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Robert A. Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Office of Teaching and Learning
Ms. Anne Ludes, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education
Ms. Amy Bright, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education
73 Mount Wayte Avenue, Suite #5

Framingham, Massachusetts 01702
Telephone: 508-626-9132 


Framingham Public Schools are Making Substantial Progress Toward MCAS Targets

September 24, 2019 (Framingham, MA): The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released its accountability data for the Framingham Public Schools for the 2018-2019 school year.  The district has been classified as making “substantial progress toward targets,” having received a two-year cumulative rating of 57% for progress toward meeting targets.  

In this accountability system, DESE establishes targets for the district and individual schools in several categories including:

  • MCAS achievement in English Language Arts (ELA), Math and Science/Technology/Engineering (STE)

  • MCAS growth in ELA and Math

  • High school completion rates

  • Progress toward English language proficiency for English learners

  • Chronic absenteeism (missing 10% or more of a student’s membership)

  • High school advanced coursework completion.  


The district met its targets for ELA, Math and Science achievement in grades 3-8.  The district also met its targets for ELA and Math achievement in grade 10. The district made no change (no increase or decrease) in Science achievement in grade 10.  The district made on the high end of typical growth in ELA and Math in grades 3-8; and in ELA in grade 10. The district exceeded typical growth in Math in grade 10.

Additionally, the district met its targets for English language proficiency and exceeded its targets for reducing the high school dropout rate, but declined in chronic absenteeism, high school graduation, and advanced coursework completion rates.  

In 2019, the district received an annual rating for progress toward meeting targets of 63%.  This is up from 48% in 2018. The district’s classification of “substantial progress toward targets” is determined by calculating a two year cumulative rating.  To do this, DESE used a weighted average: (40% X 2018 rating) + (60% X 2019 rating). This resulted in the district’s two-year cumulative rating of 57%.

Individual school results for progress toward meeting targets are outlined below:


School

2018

2019

2019

 

2018

2019

Progress Towards Meeting Target

Progress Towards Meeting Target

Classification

 

Achievement percentile

Achievement percentile

Barbieri Elementary School

58

62

Substantial progress toward targets

 

13

20

Brophy Elementary School

55

61

Substantial progress toward targets

 

11

13

Dunning Elementary School

40

51

Substantial progress toward targets

 

53

56

Hemenway Elementary School

80

84

Meeting or exceeding targets

 

79

83

King Elementary School

NA

71

Substantial progress toward targets

 

NA

29

McCarthy Elementary School

55

69

Substantial progress toward targets

 

9

17

Potter Elementary School

89

75

Meeting or exceeding targets

 

56

53

Stapleton Elementary School

72

72

Substantial progress toward targets

 

28

27

Wilson Elementary School

85

63

Substantial progress toward targets

 

18

11

Cameron Middle School

45

42

Moderate progress toward targets

 

17

14

Fuller Middle School

13

42

Focused/Targeted Support

 

9

7

Walsh Middle School

57

72

Substantial progress toward targets

 

33

41

Framingham High School

31

39

Moderate progress toward targets

 

40

42

District

48

57

Substantial progress toward targets

 

N/A


Schools are placed into accountability categories according to the table below:

Fuller Middle School (7th percentile) remains a school requiring assistance or intervention through focused/targeted support because it is among the lowest 10 percent of schools statewide.  Last year Fuller Middle School, with support from the district and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Statewide Systems of Support (SSoS), developed a Turnaround Plan. Implementation of the turnaround plan has already begun, with details presented during the September 4, 2019 Framingham School Committee meeting.  Fuller Middle School received feedback from DESE on its turnaround plan, indicating it met or exceeded the criteria in every category.

Please refer to this one-page reference sheet for more information about the Massachusetts’ school and district accountability system.  Complete school results can be found at http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/.

2019 MCAS Results:

Students in grades 3-8 and 10 participate in MCAS.  All students are assessed in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math each year.  The Science/Technology/Engineering (STE) test is administered in grades 5, 8 and 10.

For all MCAS assessments except 10th grade Science/Technology/Engineering, the student achievement level is categorized as Exceeding Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Partially Meeting Expectations, and Not Meeting Expectations.  For 10th grade Science/Technology/Engineering, the achievement levels still follow the legacy assessment (Advanced, Proficient, Needs Improvement, Failing). The percent of Framingham Public School students Meeting or Exceeding Expectations for each grade level in each subject are outlined below:


Percent of Students Meeting/Exceeding Expectations

 

3

4

5

6

7

8

10

ELA

43%

38%

45%

35%

37%

42%

59%

Math

34%

41%

36%

33%

40%

37%

63%

STE

--

--

35%

--

--

34%

79%*

*This number indicates the percent of students scoring Advanced/Proficient on the Legacy Science MCAS in 10th grade.

The statewide results for the percent of students in each grade (3-8) who scored Meeting/Exceeding Expectations range between 48% and 56% for ELA, and 47% and 51% for Math.  The percent of students in the state who scored Meeting/Exceeding Expectations in STE are 48% in grade 5, and 46% in grade 8. In grade 10, 61% of students in ELA and 58% of students in Math received an achievement level of Meeting/Exceeding Expectations statewide. 74% of 10th grade students in the state scored Advanced/Proficient on the legacy STE assessment.

Individual school results can be found at http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/.

About Framingham Public Schools

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