The winners in Grade 8 MCAS sweeps

Lighthouse Charter, Nauset, Sandwich--all winners in Grade 8 MCAS sweeps

Mashpee has highest percentage of low scores

By Walter Brooks

Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School (CCLCS), Nauset Regional Middle School and the Sandwich’s public schools have the highest percentage of Advanced/Proficient students in the Grade 8 MCAS results released yesterday by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The Winners

Sandwich had 93% advanced/proficient in ELASandwich ranked best in Grade 8 Mathematics, with 76% of its students scoring either Advanced or Proficient on the 2012 MCAS.  Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter came in second on the math test with 71% scoring Advance/Proficient.  Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter has 38% of its students score Advanced versus 37% in Sandwich.

Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter edged out Sandwich on the English Language Arts and Science/Tech/Engineering tests, with 96% and 74% of its students scoring Advanced or Proficient.  Sandwich had 93% advanced/proficient in ELA and Nauset Regional Middle School had 62% advanced/proficient in S/T/E.

The Other End

Yesterday we reported that Mashpee High School showed the highest number of students in Needs Improvement or Warning (failure) status for ELA, Math and S/T/E the Grade 10 MCAS.  Consistent with the high school, Mashpee Middle School ranked lowest on the Grade 8 MCAS on the Cape with 24% scoring N/I or Warning in English Language Arts, 67% in N/I or Warning on Mathematics and a whopping 68% in the bottom two categories of the Science/Tech/Engineering MCAS.

Dennis-Yarmouth had the highest percentage of Warning/Failure students in S/T/E (23%), Mashpee had a 27% failure rate on Math and Chatham’s 10% failing was the worst score in English Language Arts.

Setting the Bar

Local scores aside, it’s a pleasure to report that Cape Cod’s schools almost always rank higher than the state average in most categories.  Cape Cod Today’s reporting benchmarks the schools on Cape Cod against one another, since school competition here is primarily between local schools and the charters.  We set the bar high because most of the area’s school districts set the bar high.  While middle school scores at Nauset, Sandwich and CCLCS are among the best in the state, every Cape district except Mashpee and parts of DY are scoring above or close to the state average.

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