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Friday, November 9, 2001


Carlisle, CCHS MCAS impressive

Results of the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exams were released last Thursday. Carlisle students in grades four and eight took both English/language arts (ELA) and math exams. Eighth-graders were also tested in history and social science, and given a new exam in science, technology and engineering, replacing the science test administered in past years. Since this was a new exam which included material not covered in most school curricula, the MCAS board did not report the scores.

Average scaled scores for Carlisle fourth-graders this year are shown above. The ELA score rose by a significant 10 points, while math dipped slightly.

Compared to last year's scores eighth-graders showed a slight improvement in ELA and history, with the math score, already very high, staying the same. Significantly, 54 percent of eighth-graders scored in the "advanced" range in math.

Current high school juniors who tested last year will be required to pass the MCAS exams in both math and ELA in order to receive their high school diplomas. A passing score has been set at 220 by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Students at Concord-Carlisle High School scored on average 252 for English/language arts and 253 in math. Fifty-one percent of math scores were at the advanced level.

Students in the class of 2003 who fail either the English or math test will be offered several opportunities to retake the test(s). Students may retake the exam up to five times.

Detailed information about the MCAS exams can be found on the web at

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito