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Friday, November 12, 2010

CCHS MCAS results on track

Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) students continue to perform well on MCAS. Principal Peter Badalament and Director of Teaching and Learning Kathy Codianne presented results of last spring’s MCAS testing. For last year’s sophomore class, no one failed the English or Math MCAS tests. One percent failed the Science MCAS test.

Results for the English MCAS test show that 97% of students in the class scored in the Advanced or Proficient range and 3% scored in the Needs Improvement range. Math results showed 91% scored in the Advanced or Proficient range and 5% scored in the Needs Improvement range. Results for the MCAS Science tests show 96% passed and 1% failed, with 93% in the Advanced or Proficient range. (Results do not sum to 100% because some students were absent and will make up the test.)

Badalament praised faculty and students for their performance. “We prepare them for, but don’t teach to the test,” he said. “We have a rich and full curriculum here at CC.”

Bar raised for graduation

Students need a Competency Determination to get a diploma. To achieve this, it has been required for several years that students score in the Advanced or Proficient range on the English and Math MCAS. The requirements for Competency Determination “got significantly harder” last year, said Badalament, because last year was the first time students had to pass a third test, a MCAS Science Test, in order to graduate. Students can take a test in biology, chemistry or physics for this requirement. If students meet the CCHS requirements to graduate but do not get a Competency Determination from the state, they will receive a Certificate of Attendance from CCHS at graduation.

For the CCHS Class of 2010 students, all received Competency Determinations. If out-of-district placements are included, 96% received Competency Determination. So far, 91% of seniors at CCHS have received Competency Determinations. Badalament expects this number to increase to 100% by the end of the school year.

If students score in the Needs Improvement or Failure range in English or Math when a student takes these tests as a sophomore, an Educational Proficiency Plan (EPP) will be created for them. If they have an EPP for math, students will need to take four years of math; this is not a requirement for CCHS graduation, but is a state requirement for a diploma for students in this category.

Student awards for high MCAS performance

Badalament said that students are eligible for an award and a scholarship if they have high scores in MCAS. The Adams Scholarship is given to those students who score in the Advanced range for both English and Math and in the Proficient range or above in Science.Winners are eligible for free tuition at Massachusetts state colleges and universities.

The Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Award is recognition of this high achievement and can be added to a student’s resume when applying to college. Criteria include high MCAS scores and a combination of good scores in SAT II and AP exams.

Adequate Yearly Progress

The results show that CCHS has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). This is a measure of various student cohorts, such as Special Education and METCO students, showing progress over last year’s results. In 2009, CCHS failed to do this in one cohort, Special Education. Codianne explained that in very high performance ratings it is hard to continually show yearly gains. ∆

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