Nauset Regional High School big winner in 2012 MCAS

Nauset Regional High School leads Cape Cod schools in 2012 MCAS

Nauset paces Sturgis, embarrassment in Mashpee

By Walter Brooks

The MCAS data released today by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) showed Nauset Regional High School close to Sturgis Charter Public School in many skill categories and surpassed Sturgis in two scoring sections.

Sturgis and Nauset Head-to-Head

96% of Nauset’s students scored “advanced” or “proficient” in ELA MCAS.Consistently ranked one of the top high schools in the United States, Sturgis ranked highest among Cape Cod high schools for which data was reported by DESE today.

Sturgis had 99% of their students score “advanced” or “proficient” on the 2012 grade 10 English Language Arts test, 94% “advanced” or “proficient” on the mathematics test and 93% “advanced” or “proficient on the Science/Technology/Engineering test.

96% of Nauset’s students scored “advanced” or “proficient” on the ELA test, 92% on math and 93% on the STE test.

Drilling down to individual scoring categories, we discovered that Nauset had 67% of their 10th graders score “advanced” in English while only 60% of Sturgis’ students achieved at that level.  Sturgis out-paced Nauset by 9 percentage points on math and Nauset beat Sturgis by 3 percentage points on Science/Technology/Engineering.

Sturgis experienced some slippage in its MCAS scores versus 2011, when 100% of its 10th graders were “advanced” or “proficient” in ELA, 99% “advance/proficient” in math (versus 93% this year) and 95% “advanced/proficient” in S/T/E versus 93% this year.

Mashpee’s Disappointing Scores

Mashpee High School has 17% of its students scoring either “needs improvement.At the other end of the scale rests Mashpee High School, with 17% of its students scoring either “needs improvement” or “warning” in English Language Arts, 32% “ni/warning” in Science/Tech/Engineering and a truly embarrassing 37% of Mashpee’s 10th graders ranking “needs improvement” or “warning” in Mathematics.

Mashpee High School’s scores appear to be the lowest of any high school in the area for which DESE provided data.

Chatham + Harwich = Monomoy

We note that DESE dropped Harwich and Chatham’s school districts from the report and substituted the new Monomoy Regional School District but neglected to carry over the two towns’ data from last year’s MCAS.  After we obtained the two schools’ data from other sources, we observe that both rank “middle of the road” at best.  This could represent a threat to school choice revenue in future years as more families look to Nauset and Sturgis to set the bar on high school academic excellence.

School choice revenue defined both of the former districts, most especially Chatham.  Many will question whether the new Monomoy district can be financially viable if those school choice students stop coming.

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