MCAS test scores Newton, Newton MCAS tells story of diversity and success

MCAS Results for Newton Public Schools

MCAS test scores Newton, Newton MCAS tells story of diversity and successMCAS Scores Tell a Story of Diversity and Success in Newton

What do the MCAS scores reveal about Newton? One of the big draws for us to move to Newton is the ethnic and socio-economic diversity which is rare in metro west suburbs of Boston.

While the numbers don’t lie, there is back story. Given that Newton has a large degree of kids who speak English as a second language, it’s understandable that their scores would be lower in elementary school as they master two languages. Newton public schools scores handily outperform Massachusetts by 20 percentage points (give or take a few) across all grades and subjects.

What is really interesting (and great!) is that by 10th grade, 96% of students are proficient or higher in English, 94% in Math, and 87% in Science/Engineering. My daughter’s English/Social Studies teacher at Day Middle School raised her three kids in Newton, and, due to redistricting, had two kids in Newton South High School and one graduating from Newton North. She said, “Kids get a great education in Newton no matter where they go.” The numbers concur!

Data is from Department of Education.

Grade and Subject Proficient or Higher Advanced Proficient Needs Improvement Warning/ Failing Students Included CPI SGP Included in SGP
DISTRICT STATE DISTRICT STATE DISTRICT STATE DISTRICT STATE DISTRICT STATE
GRADE 03 – READING 80 61 29 15 51 46 17 30 3 9 921 93.0 N/A N/A
GRADE 03 – MATHEMATICS 78 61 47 27 31 34 17 25 6 14 921 90.5 N/A N/A
GRADE 04 – ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 75 57 28 13 47 44 19 30 6 14 1,029 90.3 63.0 934
GRADE 04 – MATHEMATICS 74 51 35 16 39 35 20 36 6 12 1,031 90.2 61.0 940
GRADE 05 – ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 84 61 39 17 45 44 13 28 4 11 928 93.8 65.0 866
GRADE 05 – MATHEMATICS 82 57 55 25 27 32 11 26 7 17 934 91.9 64.0 875
GRADE 05 – SCIENCE AND TECH/ENG 71 52 37 22 34 30 23 34 6 14 933 88.5 N/A N/A
GRADE 06 – ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 86 66 42 18 44 48 9 22 4 11 929 94.3 58.0 867
GRADE 06 – MATHEMATICS 83 60 54 27 29 33 11 24 6 16 933 92.6 52.0 874
GRADE 07 – ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 89 71 32 15 57 56 9 21 2 7 877 95.5 57.0 813
GRADE 07 – MATHEMATICS 79 51 48 20 31 31 14 30 7 18 877 90.2 62.0 815
GRADE 08 – ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 93 81 36 18 57 63 5 14 2 6 870 97.3 60.0 823
GRADE 08 – MATHEMATICS 80 52 52 22 28 30 13 28 7 19 875 90.3 64.0 831
GRADE 08 – SCIENCE AND TECH/ENG 63 43 11 5 52 38 28 38 9 20 869 83.6 N/A N/A
GRADE 10 – ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 96 88 61 37 35 51 3 9 1 3 908 98.9 59.0 791
GRADE 10 – MATHEMATICS 94 78 77 50 17 28 4 15 2 7 904 97.3 61.0 788
GRADE 10 – SCIENCE AND TECH/ENG 87 69 54 24 33 45 10 25 3 6 861 94.5 N/A N/A
ALL GRADES – ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 86 69 38 19 48 50 11 22 3 9 6,462 94.6 60.0 5,094
ALL GRADES – MATHEMATICS 81 59 52 27 29 32 13 26 6 15 6,475 91.8 61.0 5,123
ALL GRADES – SCIENCE AND TECH/ENG 74 54 34 17 40 37 20 32 6 13 2,663 88.8 N/A N/A

Compared to most of Boston’s Metro West suburbs, Newton has a diverse population with significant Asian, African American and Hispanic populations. The elementary schools with Level 2 Assistance and Accountability is due to a  large proportion of English as a second language students. Newton provides the support they need as evidenced by high overall scores in 10th grade.

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity (2011-12)
Race % of District % of State
African American 5.4 8.3
Asian 15.6 5.7
Hispanic 7.0 16.1
Native American 0.1 0.2
White 66.6 67.0
Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Multi-Race, Non-Hispanic 5.3 2.5
School Accountability Information

School School Type Title I Status Accountability and Assistance Level
A E Angier Elementary School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 2
Bowen Elementary School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 2
C C Burr Elementary School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 1
Cabot Elementary School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 1
Countryside Elementary School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 1
Franklin Elementary School Title I School (TA) Level 2
Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School Title I School (TA) Level 2
Horace Mann Elementary School Title I School (TA) Level 1
Mason-Rice Elementary School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 1
Peirce Elementary School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 1
Memorial Spaulding Elementary School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 2
Underwood Elementary School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 1
John Ward Elementary School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 1
Williams Elementary School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 2
Zervas Elementary School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 2
Bigelow Middle Middle School Title I School (TA) Level 1
Charles E Brown Middle Middle School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 1
F A Day Middle Middle School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 2
Oak Hill Middle Middle School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 2
Newton North High High School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 1
Newton South High High School Non-Title I School (NT) Level 1
Newton Early Childhood Center Early Elementary School Non-Title I School (NT) Insufficient data
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