|For Immediate Release|
|Thursday, September 24, 2015|
|Contact:||Jacqueline Reis, 781-338-3115|
State Releases 2015 School and District MCAS Results
Results include roughly half of grade 3-8 districts, all science tests and all 10th graders
MALDEN - The Baker-Polito Administration and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education today released the 2015 MCAS results for schools and districts.
Today's results include 10th grade MCAS results for the state, science and technology/engineering MCAS results for the state, and English language arts and math results for students in grades 3-8 in schools and districts that chose to give MCAS in spring 2015. (Districts could choose whether to administer MCAS or PARCC English language arts and math tests to grades 3-8 as part of the state's two-year test drive of PARCC.)
As announced earlier this week, the percent of students scoring Proficient or higher on MCAS rose in most subjects in most grade levels compared to 2014. Since 2007, achievement gaps have narrowed between white students and their African American/black and Hispanic or Latino peers in all grades in both English language arts and math.
"Massachusetts is a national leader in education, and these scores reflect that strength," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Our administration will continue working to ensure all students have access to strong schools that will prepare them for college and careers."
"The state test results provide valuable information for parents and districts about student learning," said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. "I commend the Commonwealth's teachers and administrators for these improved achievement results. The gains reflect our schools' efforts to improve teaching and learning for all students."
In most schools in 2015, the percentage of students who scored Proficient or above grew or held steady compared to last year.
To view school or district results, visit http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/mcas.aspx. For more information on MCAS, see http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/results.html.
PARCC results are being compiled and reviewed on a different timeline, and both MCAS and PARCC results will be used for this year's accountability results, which will be released in late fall or early winter. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is expected to vote on whether to adopt PARCC in November.
For a complete listing of which districts used which test, please see http://www.doe.mass.edu/news/news.aspx?id=13541.