Norwell Schools Analyze MCAS Scores
Interesting article titled, “MCAS: Drilling Down Into Numbers” in the Norwell Mariner this week. Talks about how the Norwell Schools utilize the data collected from the results of the MCAS scores to determine the concepts that require more attention in the classroom as well as the ones that the students have grasped well.
Targeting Curriculum Weakness In Norwell
While most attention turns to the overall scores across the state, Norwell School administrators and teachers study the responses of each student tested by MCAS. This evaluation of individual results provides a platform for conversation about how well each child is learning and what areas of study can be improved. Based on the most recent scores, administrators and teachers were able to pinpoint a mathematical plotting concept that was misunderstood by several young students. Faculty of Norwell Schools can now use the test results as a truly “teachable moment” to articulate the lesson to the students and fine-tune the lesson plan for the next crop of students.
Norwell Scores Overall
Norwell continues to rank high in its MCAS scores. The article highlights some of the statistics from the recent results:
- According to figures provided by the Massachusetts Department of Education, 90% of all Norwell students scored at either the advanced or proficient levels when it came to English
- 81% of those same students scored at either the advanced or proficient levels for math
- 36% of 1,366 Norwell students tested scored at the advanced level for English followed by 54% at the proficient level, 8% at the needs improvement level and 1% at the warning/failing level.
- In math, 1,362 Norwell students took the test and the overall results are as follows: 40% advanced; 41% proficient; 16% needs improvement; and 3% warning/failing.
- On the grade 10 science exam, 178 Norwell students took the test. Of that group, 19% scored advanced, 67% scored proficient, 13% scored needs improvement, and 1% scored warning/failing.