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Friday, October 19, 2007


Carlisle School makes gains on MCAS

Recently released results from the spring 2007 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) show more Carlisle School students scored in the top two categories than in 2006 (see Table 1.)

Carlisle continues to outperform the state averages, and the seventh and eighth grades ranked near the top in the state, when comparing combined Advanced and Proficient scores (see Table 2 ). The eighth-grade was second overall in the science and technology test.

Once again, the higher grades performed much better than the younger students. Grade 4, in particular, struggled, with close to a third of the students scoring either Needs Improvement or Warning. Sometimes scores for a grade level fluctuate year-to-year due to particular cohorts of children, but as Table 4 on pages 6-7 shows, this situation for grade 4 has been ongoing for several years. Looking at the math results for grade 4, those children who had only 49% in the combined Advanced or Proficient group in 2004, later scored 82% as seventh-graders in 2007, ranking seventh state-wide.

Table 3 compares the percentage of students scoring top marks across several area towns for grades 4, 6 and 8. Carlisle scores roughly in the middle of the pack, with the exception of eighth-grade math and science, where Carlisle excels.

Data was supplied by the Massachusetts Department of Education at, and the Boston Globe at

Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle commented on the results, "Our MCAS scores indicate that once again Carlisle's students have performed extremely well as compared to similar cohorts throughout the state. We look at the children's nine-year experience and see the external data reflecting a solid education by the time they complete eighth grade. Curriculum reviews will also assess the progress made at each grade level and build cohesive vertical articulation to maximize student learning. We appreciate the dedication of our staff in providing our students with an excellent education as reflected by internal and external data."

Click here for Tables 1 through 4.

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