School districts across the state received their MCAS results last week, and in Reading the results were positive as the town surpassed state averages districtwide. Students will receive their individual results in the mail this weekend.
Superintendent of Schools John Doherty said the district's scores were overall consistent with last year's. He added that the district will now take a closer look at the data and see what areas might be of a concern in the big picture or at a school level.
"It’s just one assessment that we use when we’re looking at how students
are progressing," said Doherty. "There are a lot of factors to look at."
Below is a summary of the MCAS results for Reading Public Schools. What is your take on the numbers? Let us know in the comments section below.
Statewide, students tested at 19 percent advanced, 50 percent proficient, 23 percent needing improvement and 8 percent warning or failing. Reading's numbers were 25 percent advanced, 57 percent proficient, 14 percent needs improvement and 3 percent warning or failing.
Reading's numbers were also stronger than the state's in this category. At the state level, 28 percent scored advanced, 33 percent proficient, 25 percent needs improvement, and 14 percent in the warning or failing category. But in Reading, those numbers were 35 percent advanced, 37 percent proficient, 21 percent needs improvement and 6 percent warning or failing.
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Districtwide, Reading scored 20 percent of its students as advanced, 46 percent as proficient, 29 percent needs improvement and 5 percent warning or failing. Those numbers were better than the state, where 16 percent were advanced, 37 percent proficient, 35 percent need improvement and 12 percent were in the warning or failing category.