MCAS test results, often delayed, to be released Friday

MCAS test results, often delayed, to be released Friday

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Results from the 2013 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exams will be released Friday, September 20, State Education officials announced on Wednesday. Scores from Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools and the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School will be posted on The Times website at www.mvtimes.com.

MCAS exams are the state’s standards-based student assessment program. Last spring, 17 tests in English language arts (ELA), math, science and technology/engineering were administered to students statewide across eight grade levels.

State education officials said the 2013 MCAS exam results demonstrated “record high performance,” with 91 percent of grade 10 students scoring proficient or higher on English language arts, 80 percent in math, and 71 percent in science and technology/engineering, according to a State House News Service press release.

Under a new accountability and assistance system put into effect last year in Massachusetts, all schools with sufficient data were classified into levels one to five, with the highest performing in level one, and those chronically underperforming in level five. All of the Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools received Level 1 status and the Charter School Level 2.

MCAS results for 34 schools with a Level 4 status were announced Wednesday. State education officials said although 14 schools designated “underperforming” in 2010 have met three-year turnaround goals and will shed their Level 4 status, four of the ones that remain at Level 4 are under consideration for a Level 5 status, which would trigger state receivership.