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Friday, October 7, 2005


Carlisle tops state in eighth-grade math scores

2005 MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) results announced last week showed excellent results for Carlisle Public School and Concord-Carlisle High School students. In rankings published by the Boston Globe on September 29, the Carlisle School was number one in eighth-grade math and number three in sixth-grade math and eighth-grade science. Rankings on the Boston Globe web site ( showed Carlisle seventh-grade English scores ranking number five of 458 districts.

The Concord-Carlisle High School scored sixth in tenth-grade math with 98% passing and 51 percent scoring "advanced." CCHS was twelfth in tenth grade English with 99% passing and 74% "advanced." High school students must pass both exams in order to graduate.

The MCAS are state-required exams. In spring 2005 they were given in ten categories: third-grade reading, fourth-grade English and math, fifth-grade science, sixth-grade math, seventh-grade English, eighth-grade math and science, tenth-grade math and English. Carlisle's elementary school rankings were in the top 10% in all categories except fourth-grade English, where Carlisle ranked 147 of 1,003 schools, according to

The website scores were derived by ranking the percentage of students scoring advanced or proficient. There was no explanation of the rankings in the newspaper, or why they were not consistent with those on the web site.

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