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Friday, October 6, 2006

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CCHS scores well on 2006 MCAS

MCAS results for 2006 released last week show Concord-Carlisle High School students continue to do well in the annual exams, scoring well above statewide averages. Ninety-four% of tenth-graders scored as either advanced or proficient on the English/Language Arts test, while 90% scored in the two top categories in math.

The combined advanced and proficient scores are an increase from last year when 92% scored in the top two categories in English, and 89% scored as advanced or proficient in math.

"Overall, we're quite pleased," Principal Arthur Dulong said of this year's results. "There are things to look at in the results, but nothing we need to be worried about."

AYP scores rise

Tenth-grade MCAS scores are used by the state to measure Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, part of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation. The state scales student test scores based on those who scored in the top two MCAS performance categories and those who scored in the bottom two.

The high school is very pleased with this year's AYP results: in English/Language Arts the school received a score of 97.7 out of a possible 100 points, up 0.8 from last year. The school's AYP in Math is 95.7, up 3 points from 2005. "When you are up around 95 points, any increase is extraordinary," said Dulong who credits students' supportive and hard-working home environments for their success in school.

Dulong said the school runs the Pathways program for challenged children, including students with brain injuries or Down's syndrome, to help them prepare for MCAS testing. All students are required to take the state tests and the school is proud of its program that helps students achieve a passing or higher score.

The high school has not yet had time to do a detailed analysis of how students performed on each question. Each year teachers and administrators go over test results to identify any deficiencies in the program and see where students may need help. Regarding variations in specific performance category scores from year-to-year (the percent of advanced vs. proficient students), Dulong says the student body changes and the sophomore class is a completely different group of kids every year.



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