The numbers don’t tell the whole story when it comes to MCAS, according to Manomet Elementary School principal Patrick Fraine.
According to the results posted by the Massachusetts Department of Education, Math scores were the bright spot at Manomet Elementary as students met their overall performance target and showed adequate yearly progress. Things weren’t so positive when it comes to English, as test scores showed students taking a step backwards, failing to meet the goals set by the state.
But what those English scores don’t show, Fraine said, are the signifcant gains made by MES students last year. “Those scores were through the roof,” he said. The school’s reward for doing so well? A small step back means it didn’t meet this year’s adequate yearly progress goals. But that doesn’t worry Fraine too much. “Would I give back the gains we made last year? No.”
Students at MES showed significant improvement in math. Fraine was especially pleased the gains cut across economic lines. “That shows students get effective teaching, regardless of home life,” he said. Fourth-graders who achieved an advanced or proficient score in math, he noted, doubled over the last year, while his third-grade students are in the top 20 percent state-wide in math.
At other schools in the Manomet and Pinehills area, Plymouth South High School met the mark as 2011 MCAS results showed the school meeting its improvement targets for English Language Arts.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Education website, 96 percent of PSHS students overall met the performance target set by the state. Low income and special education students, however, didn’t quite reach their goals, though both groups showed improvement over last year and demonstrated adequate yearly progress.
The school didn’t fair quite as well when it came to math. While students overall met the adequate yearly progress standard, they didn’t quite meet their performance target. Special education and low income students did not show adequate yearly progress.
Results at Plymouth South Middle School weren’t as encouraging as students overall, and in their subgroups, failed to meet performance targets or make adequate yearly progress goals.