Good News about Public Schools in Massachusetts

                  

 

Statewide MCAS Results Show Unprecedented Improvement in All Grades Students in grades 3-8 reversed two years of flat performance on the 2007 MCAS exams, and more 10th graders than ever before met the state's graduation requirement by passing the English and Math exams on their first try, according to statewide results released today.  

Statewide 87 percent of students in the class of 2009 - nearly nine out of 10 students - passed both exams last spring, up from 84 percent in 2006. In 2001, the first year that high stakes were attached to the Grade 10 assessment tests, just 68 percent of the Class of 2003 passed both tests on their first try. Retrieved from http://www.doe.mass.edu/news/news.asp?id=3668  on 9/25/07

MA Outscores Every Other State on NAEP Exams Again Students Rank First on Three Exams, Tie for First on Fourth.  For the second time, Massachusetts has outscored every other state in the country on three of four National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exams, and has tied for first on the fourth, Governor Patrick announced at the Aborn Elementary School in Lynn on Tuesday.  

The only other time one state has ever ranked first on all four NAEP exams was when Massachusetts outscored the nation for the first time in 2005.  Retieved from http://www.doe.mass.edu/news/news.asp?id=3692  on 9/25/07

 

Nation's Best Reading Scores: Massachusetts 8th grade scores are #1 in the nation in reading in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). NAR

 

Reading Scores Are Up: The proportion of Massachusetts public school 8th graders who scored at the highest two levels in reading in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) increased by 19% between 1998 and 2003. NAR

 

Writing Scores Are Among the Nation's Best: Massachusetts 8th graders rank 2nd in the nation in writing in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). RCW

 

Writing Scores Are Up: The proportion of Massachusetts public school 8th graders who scored at the highest two levels in writing in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) increased by 35% between 1998 and 2002. RCW

 

 

Math Scores Are Among the Nation's Best: Massachusetts 8th graders score 2nd highest in the nation in math in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). RCM

 

SAT Scores Are Rising: Since 1994, Massachusetts's Verbal SAT college entrance examination scores have risen almost twice faster than the national average. Since 1990, Massachusetts's Math SAT college entrance examination scores have risen faster than the national average. SAT

 

SAT Scores Are Rising: More Massachusetts students are getting high scores on their SAT college entrance examinations. The proportion of graduating seniors getting high scores on the Verbal SAT has increased by 22% since 1994; the proportion of graduating seniors getting high scores on the Math SAT has increased by 42% since 1994. (A high score is defined as 600 or above). SAT

 

The Best in the Nation in Students Going on to College: The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education gives Massachusetts a score of 100 for the proportion of students who go on to college, which is the #1 score in the country. HE

 

College Entrance Exams Are Among the Nation's Best: Massachusetts is one of the top 2 states in the proportion of high school graduates with scores in the top 20% nationally on either ACT or SAT college entrance examinations. HE

 

The Best in the Nation in Preparing Students For College: The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education gives Massachusetts a score of 100 for how well its schools prepare students for college, the #1 score in the country. HE

 

The Nation's "Smartest States": Massachusetts has been named the "smartest state" in the country based on the quality of its public elementary and secondary schools. ESR

 

Schools Are Safe: No schools in Massachusetts were identified as "persistently dangerous" under the new "No Child Left Behind" law. EWQ

 

Classroom Behavior Is the Nation's Best: Massachusetts is the #1 state in the country in the percentage of public school 8th graders attending schools without a classroom behavior problem. EWQ

 

 Additionsl information was taken from http://www2.nea.org/goodnews/ma01.html on 9/25/07.  Individual links may best be accessed from this site.