In grade 10 English Language Arts (ELA), Sturgis led the pack with 100% of its students reported advanced/proficient this year, an increase of 1% from 2012. Nauset and Sandwich tied with 97%.
Every Cape high school showed growth in ELA advance/proficient status, with Cape Cod Tech in Harwich showing the highest improvement of 7% students advanced/proficient. Not a single high school showed double digit numbers in the needs improvement/warning an improvement over 2012 when five districts showed between 10% and 17% of their students in one of the two lower ELA categories.
The results were not as consistent with grade 10 math scores. Barnstable’s advanced/proficient percentage fell from 83% last year to 74% this year. Both tech schools and Nauset saw modest retreats. However Dennis-Yarmouth grew from 67% advanced/proficient in 2012 to 75% this year. Falmouth improved by 9 percentage points and Sandwich by 3 points.
Mashpee won the growth contest, jumping from 62% advanced/proficient last year to 81% in 2013.
One shocker was in the Monomoy Regional School District where a stunning 48% of the students scored Needs Improvement/Warning Failure on grade 10 Math. 26% of Chatham High School’s students failed this category. For Chatham, once a school choice mecca on Cape Cod, this may be a symptom of growing dissatisfaction we hear from Chatham families who tell us they’re adopting a “get out of Monomoy at all costs” position.
Science & Tech/Engineering
Science & Tech/Engineering advanced/proficient numbers did not show consistent improvement. The only traditional high schools that showed improvement (Dennis-Yarmouth and Sturgis) improved by only one and two points, respectively. Upper Cape Tech showed a growth of five percentage points. Cape Tech grew by one point.
Meanwhile Barnstable’s advanced/proficient percentage fell by six points and Nauset’s by five points.
As always, Cape Cod Today will provide in-depth coverage of MCAS results. Over the next few weeks we will be speaking with administrators at districts and individual schools where the biggest improvements and the largest disappointments were observed. We will report their words, verbatim, to our readers as these stories develop.