Thursday, October 26, 2017

Next Generation MCAS

Last week, DESE released MCAS scores for all school districts across Massachusetts.  This was the first year of the next-generation MCAS in grades 3-8 and 2017 will be used as a baseline year.  With that being said, all school districts and schools that administered the next-generation MCAS and which had an accountability rating of Level 1, 2, or 3 in 2016, will not be assigned an accountability level.  The high school, as all high schools did last spring, administered the original MCAS and remains a Level 2 school.  The WRSD and all other schools, with the exception of the high school, do not have a level assigned for this year.

Another change for 2017 includes the score levels for the next-generation MCAS.  The new MCAS scores fall into four categories: Exceeding Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Partially Meeting Expectations, and Not Meeting Expectations.  According to information provided by DESE, the new standards for Meeting Expectations are more rigorous than the standards for reaching the Proficient level on the original MCAS.  As spring 2017 is a baseline year for the new test in grades 3-8, DESE says that the spring 2017 scores should not be compared to previous years' scores.

The District will be sending student scores out to families in the mail in early November.