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from Robert Sanborn, Cape Cod Tech superintendent

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Editor's note - Superintendent Robert Sanborn of Cape Cod Regional Technical High School submitted this letter in response to a story on MCAS results published recently in the local daily newspaper.


Comparing Cape Cod school districts is often like comparing apples to the internal combustion engine. Cape Cod Time’s front-page article entitled, “Cape Cod’s MCAS scores mirror state averages”, singled out Cape Cod Regional Technical High School for falling below those state averages.  Contrary to the article’s assertions, Cape Cod Tech is extremely proud of our English, Mathematics and Science, staff and students, for attaining a “substantial progress toward targets” designation. 

Merely publicizing the aggregate percentage of students meeting or exceeding expectations ignores the fact that not all students enter high school at the same place.  For students entering high school with significant learning gaps transitioning from their middle school, it takes longer than a year and a half to meet or exceed expectations.  A deeper analysis of the data is required before drawing any conclusions about a school.  Cape Cod Tech exceeded our English and Math targets while attaining the district’s highest attendance rate, lowest chronically absent percentage and second highest graduation rate.  Additionally, over thirty percent of eleventh and twelfth graders were gainfully employed in our cooperative education program.  Cape Cod Tech maintains our continuous academic improvement mindset, while simultaneously training high school students for the jobs of tomorrow. 

Robert Sanborn, Superintendent

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