I wasn’t able to attend last night’s K-8 School Committee meeting, but the Metrowest Daily News was there and reports school officials and parents spoke to defend the district and its reputation against recent concerns over MCAS scores.
“The truth is we are a high-achieving school district in many, many ways, ” Superintendent Charles Gobron said during discussion of the fiscal 2013 budget. “Tonight we’re going to show you some data, some actual data, that will refute a great deal of the arguments that have been made.”
Assistant Superintendent Christine Johnson showed a number of charts and graphs she said spoke to the district’s significant Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System achievement.
She said it was important to note the distinction between a growth score and a test score. The town’s actual percentile scores are very good, she said, adding that MCAS experts have said it’s better to have high scores and a lower rate of growth than low scores with a higher rate of growth.
Johnson said it’s also important to note that there are many successes that just can’t be measured on a standardized test, especially since the test is only a reflection of student achievement in two subjects.
I’ll work on getting a copy of Johnson’s presentation so you all can see the data. Don’t forget, you can also watch a replay of the meeting on public access cable. The broadcast schedule is posted here.
Click on over to the MWDN article to read more, including statements from Teacher’s Association co-President Pat Lally and several parents who spoke on behalf of the schools.