Friday, October 12, 2012
A large number of Marlborough students received this recognition recently.
A total of 77 Marlborough High School students made the grade in their MCAS scores to receive the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship for 2013. The scholarship entitles the recipient to four years of free tuition at any University of Massachusetts campus, or any state or community college. The choice is based on outstanding MCAS results. Below is a complete list of students who received the award:
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The subgroup MCAS scores — including the high scores of the Asian subgroup — were highlighted Tuesday during a School Committee meeting.
As the School Committee discussed MCAS scores Tuesday night, the high scores of the Asian subgroup were highlighted. “The Asian tiger has roared in Marlborough," said School Committee Member Mark Hediger. The overall scores of the district have not seen the levels of improvement required by the state. However, the various subgroups of Marlborough students performed differently than the general population of the Marlborough School District. The full data of the state has been included in photos in this story. The effort of all students needs to be supported at home, said Hediger. The school district needs to work with parents to make this happen, he said. “It’s a partnership. The schools are a partner with the children at home and the …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Officials are saying the lagging MCAS scores do not reflect the work being done in the district and will not for some time.
School officials highlighted the proper approach of teachers and administration across the district even as Marlborough's MCAS scores lag behind the state average. “I think you are doing it the right way,” said Interim Superintendent Stephen Dlott of the decision to change curriculum to align it completely with new standards. “The scores don’t reflect that yet.” The changes to MCAS goals and testing prompted the district to pursue a huge curriculum change last year. This was the right direction he said, but the results cannot be seen yet and will not be immediately. “It’s not going to skyrocket. Scores don’t work like that,” said Dlott. It will take three to four years for the scores to truly reflect these new curriculums, said Kane …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Marlborough School District continues to lag behind in its MCAS numbers even with new system.
New classifications do not change the MCAS numbers which show Marlborough schools behind the state averages. Massachusetts’ waiver of certain No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements has changed the way schools are evaluated. The NCLB goal of 100 percent proficiency has been replaced with a new goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half by 2017. These new measures do away with the Adequate Yearly Progress measures and breaks things down to a scale of 1 to 5 for schools, with 1 indicating the highest performing schools and 5 indicating schools at the lowest possible levels. Marlborough's scores have been tallied for all the grades in the district. The schools have also been rated. All schools received a 2 except for Marlborough High School …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The results are out.
From the Massachusetts Department of Education website: (Listed per grade, per subject, is the percent of Marlborough students who scored proficient or higher, as well as the percentage of students statewide who scored the same.) Grade 3 Reading: 55/61 Math: 46/61 Grade 4 English Language Arts: 53/57 Math: 48/51 Grade 5 English Language Arts: 60/61 Math: 51/57 Science & Tech/Engineering: 54/52 Grade 6 English Language Arts: 65/66 Math: 46/60 Grade 7 English Language Arts: 67/71 Math: 39/51 Grade 8 English Language Arts: 78/81 Math: 45/52 Science & Tech/Engineering: 31/43 Grade 10 English Language Arts: 82/88 Math: 78/78 Science & Tech/Engineering: 63/69