Up-Island eighth-graders top state MCAS scores

The Up-Island Regional School District’s (UIRSD) eighth-grade students ranked number one among their peers in 283 school districts statewide on scores for Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exams taken last spring.

Assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction Laurie Halt called attention to their achievement in a report to the UIRSD school committee at a meeting Monday night.

“By and large, Up-Island Regional School District students outperformed their peers,” Ms. Halt said.

Ms. Halt said the Boston Globe ranked school districts by adding together the percentage of students who scored either “advanced” or “proficient” on English and math MCAS exams.

Students from the towns of Aquinnah, Chilmark, and West Tisbury attend UIRSD’s two schools, Chilmark School, which serves grades K-5, and West Tisbury School, which includes grades K-8.