Student growth percentiles, an important MCAS component

To the Editor:

Thank you for write up on MCAS results.

A friend who teaches at Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School has my ear. Regarding MCAS, she says Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) are what we should track. If you look at the school's results in that area, it stinks. In a small school that has motivated parents and kids, teachers should have more impact on the kids.

Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter's growth numbers in ELA (English Language Arts) are a good deal lower than Nauset Regional's numbers. Nauset is a bigger school and these days they have a lot of choice kids from Dennis-Yarmouth and elsewhere.

MCAS isn't everything, but the kids' growth from one year to the next is important. Parents should take a good look at this.

I keep telling my friend to move the student to Nauset Regional Middle School. Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School is sinking and doesn't live up to its past reputation--not by a long shot.

Jonah North
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