No surprises in Grade 10 MCAS scores

Falmouth, D-Y soar in math, Sturgis, Nauset, Sandwich in English

Grade 10 MCAS roundup

Not a single student failed the math MCAS at Sturgis or Sandwich

There is cause for celebration in the Falmouth and Dennis-Yarmouth’s school districts where MCAS scores showed solid growth in tenth grade math at each district’s high school. In Falmouth the percentage of students advanced or proficient in math improved from 84% to 90% according to Spring 2014 MCAS scores published today. Dennis-Yarmouth’s tenth graders improved from 75% to 82% on the same metric. Check all the scores in the chart below on the right.

English

In grade 10 English Language Arts (ELA), Sturgis Charter Public School again leads the Cape with 100% of its students reported advanced/proficient this year – the same as in 2013. Nauset and Sandwich tied with 98%.

Other Cape districts show minor changes up or down in tenth grade ELA. Barnstable ranked lowest, with 90% of its students advanced/proficient. D-Y and Monomoy saw 3% of their students ranked “warning/failure”, while Cape Tech, Falmouth, Sandwich, Sturgis and Upper Cape Tech showed 0 failures.

Mathematics

Falmouth High School tied Nauset with 90% of their tenth graders scoring advanced or proficient in math. Sturgis and Sandwich lead the Cape in tenth grade math, with 98% and 94% of their students scoring advanced/proficient.

With Falmouth and Dennis-Yarmouth showing strong improvement this year, both districts can take pride in their math skill recovery programs. Mashpee, on the other hand, dropped from 81% advanced/proficient to only 77%. Cape Cod Tech’s advanced/proficient percentage in math dropped to 75% - the lowest ranking on the Cape.

Not a single student failed the math MCAS at Sturgis or Sandwich.

Barnstable and Mashpee tied for the highest percentage of students (23%) scoring “needs improvement” or “warning/failure”.

Science & Tech/Engineering

Sturgis Charter and Sandwich High School led the Cape in Science & Tech/Engineering, with 97% and 92%, respectively, ranking advanced or proficient. Last year only 83% of Sandwich’s students ranked high on this test.

On the low end of the rankings, 31% of students at Mashpee High School scored “needs improvement” or “warning/failure” on the 10th grade ST&E test.

Meanwhile Falmouth and Dennis-Yarmouth’s advanced/proficient percentage showed strong growth, while Nauset’s fell by six points.

Moving Forward

There were no unpleasant surprises in this year’s Grade 10 MCAS scores. Indeed, most of the news is good for everyone except struggling Mashpee. Both Mashpee and Dennis-Yarmouth have a long road ahead of them, as skill recovery does not happen overnight. The two districts are taking proactive measures to improve their academics, with DY’s evolving STEM Academy for eighth graders and Mashpee’s total revamp of their high school and middle school.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day,” but students should generally consider themselves fortunate to attend high school on Cape Cod.

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