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Friday, October 16, 2009

CCHS parents hear update on school performance

Concord-Carlisle High School Superintendent Diana Rigby and Principal Peter Badalament touched on MCAS and National Merit awards during a presentation to parents on October 6.

National Merit Scholars

“This year, there are 12 National Merit Semi-Finalists at CCHS,” said Badalament. He said this was up from seven or eight in the last two years. Last year, one became a Merit Scholar. Semi-finalists are chosen from those scoring in the top 1% of the PSATs.

MCAS results

Badalament posted the MCAS results for last year’s 10th grade class: 61% scored in the Advanced range, 35% in the Proficient range, 3% in the Needs Improvement (NI) range and 1% failed in English Language Arts (ELA). In math, scores were lower: 76% scored in the Advanced range, 12% in the Proficient range, 10% in the Needs Improvement (NI) range and 3% failed. Those who scored in the NI and lower will have the opportunity to take the tests again. Overall, 96% of students scored above the NI range in ELA and 88% scored above the NI range in math.

Badalament explained that the State expects all students to be above the NI range by 2014. In addition, schools need to show Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). He said overall, CCHS had shown AYP, but calculations are also done on subgroups such as Special Education, minorities and ELL (English as a second language, English Language Learners), etc. Unfortunately, SPED did not show AYP. “This hasn’t happened in the last eight years,” said Badalament. “More students landed in the Needs Improvement [range] in math than we expected.” He added that no one from CCHS has been denied a diploma due to not passing the MCAS.

Parent surveys

Rigby and Badalment thanked parents for taking a survey last spring, for which there were almost 500 responses. Badalament said parents commended the regional school district on instructional practices and quality of the educational experience. Suggestions included improving the rigor in the 9th and 10th grade English classes and increasing participation in Advanced Placement courses. To see survey results, go to: Then click on “2009 Parent Survey Results”. Then click on “CCHS Survey Results.”

Librarian honored

It was noted that CCHS Librarian Robin Cicchetti, who has been transforming the library into a “learning commons,” was given an award for program innovation at the Massachusetts School Library Association Annual Meeting. ∆

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