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Title: SWAMPSCOTT PUBLIC SCHOOLS MCAS Results ~ Spring 2009


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SWAMPSCOTT PUBLIC SCHOOLS MCAS Results Spring
2009
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MCAS Gr. 3 English Clarke
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MCAS Gr. 3 English Hadley
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MCAS Gr. 3 English Stanley
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MCAS Gr. 3 Math Clarke
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MCAS Gr. 3 Math Hadley
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MCAS Gr. 3 Math Stanley
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MCAS Gr. 4 English Clarke
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MCAS Gr. 4 English Hadley
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MCAS Gr. 4 English Stanley
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MCAS Gr. 3 Math Clarke
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MCAS Gr. 4 Math Clarke
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MCAS Gr. 4 Math Hadley
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MCAS Gr. 4 Math Stanley
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MCAS Gr. 4 Math Stanley
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MCAS Grade 5 English
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MCAS Grade 5 Math
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MCAS Grade 6 English
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MCAS Grade 6 Math
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MCAS Grade 7 English
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MCAS Grade 7 Math
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MCAS Grade 8 English
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MCAS Grade 8 Math
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MCAS Grade 10 English
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MCAS Grade 10 Math
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Trends
  • Performance by year and by school varies at the
    elementary schools and between the grades
  • English remains fairly steady over the years and
    over the grades
  • Math becomes increasingly problematic as scores
    in the warning/needs improvement categories
    increase through elementary to middle school

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Factors
  • Redistricting of students and staff in the
    elementary schools and the middle school in
    2007-2008
  • Different elementary math programs and resources
  • Until last year there were different approaches
    and resources in the elementary literacy program
  • Different math and literacy professional
    development programs at the elementary school by
    grade and by school in the past
  • Math and literacy curriculum mapping just being
    completed
  • Elementary standard based report cards just being
    completed.

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Action Plan
  • Principals are responsible at each level to be
    sure that there is an Individual Student Success
    Plan (ISSP) for every regular education student
    who is in the Warning/ Failure and Needs
    Improvement category. These plans have to be
    implemented and updated yearly. At the high
    school level students at risk of continuing to
    fail the MCAS are put on EPPs (Educational
    Proficiency Plans). Special Education students
    IEPs address needed interventions and supports.

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  • At the middle and high school department heads
    analyze strand deficits and recommend additional
    attention to these and design interventions
    (Example the Foundation courses double English
    and Math for at risk 9th graders)
  • All schools include test taking strategies well
    in advance of the MCAS administration
  • The district purchased the Test Vault from
    Assessment Solution Systems 3 years ago. This
    program has a bank of 10,000 MCAS questions for
    all grades that teachers can use as part of class
    preparation, homework, resource room work and at
    the high school as part of a state grant program
    for remedial work for 9th graders at risk of MCAS
    failure
  • In addition to the Test Vault test items the
    district has 48,000 questions on our web site
    for teachers to access

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  • IDEA ARRA funds just available this fall will to
    be used to purchase Study Island, a computer
    software program that can be used in school and
    at home to help Special Education and Title I
    students practice MCAS type questions and develop
    the skills needed if they are unsuccessful in
    their first attempts at the questions. This
    program will be used at the middle school and the
    Stanley and Clarke schools. Study Island is being
    used in the second year at the Hadley Elementary
    School for Grade 3 students with promising
    results. The high school is also in year 2 of
    using this program with students at risk of
    failing the 10th grade MCAS as part of their 625
    grant.

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  • IDEA and Title I ARRA funds will also be used to
    pay teachers to serve as Math Coaches at the
    middle and elementary schools to help provide
    additional remediation for skill deficits for
    special education and Title I students.

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  • In addition to these programs, the following
    assessment systems are in use in the Swampscott
    Public Schools.
  • Star Math (Elementary)
  • DIBELS and GRADE (Elementary Literacy)
  • Inventory and benchmark tests from the math
    series (elementary)
  • Mid-terms and Final exams at the high school are
    tied to the state standards and are uniform at
    the 9th and 10th grade.
  • Middle School teachers are working together to
    develop common test items in the core subjects at
    each grade level.

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  • Last year the district piloted a new Math program
    at the Clarke school at grades 3 and 4 that is
    better aligned with state standards and includes
    strategic and intensive interventions.
  • After a year of trial and the feedback from the
    principal, teachers and Title I Coordinator the
    district has purchased this program for the other
    two elementary schools for grades 3 and 4 for
    this year and plans to purchase the K-2 program
    next year so that our elementary math curriculum
    will be better aligned and cover all of the
    standards and strands required in the
    Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
  • Administrative Data Task Force established to
    review and analyze data from the DESE Data
    Warehouse Website. This presentation is the first
    analysis.

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Next Steps
  • Provide Professional Development for the new
    elementary math program for all elementary
    teachers
  • Provide Professional Development for Elementary
    Principals, SPED Director, Team Chair, Title I
    Coordinator and Tutors in Leadership for
    Mathematics Education
  • Provide Professional Development for SPED and
    Title I teachers in Mathematical disabilities,
    assessment, diagnosis and remediation
  • Expand Study Island to other elementary and the
    middle schools
  • Complete adoption of the Envision Math program
  • Develop summer resources to prevent regression
  • Establish STEM task force K-12 with sub-group on
    Math
  • Review and present Growth Data Model
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