Mansfield Public Schools
October 12, 2023
- MCAS Student Reports
- DESE District Review, Family Focus Group
MCAS Student Reports
On Monday, October 16, 2023, we will mail the MCAS Student Reports for the spring 2023 testing (grades 3 - 10). The report shows your child's scores as well as their achievement level. For each subject, the report also provides information that compares your child's performance to performance at the school and state levels as well as information about how your child performed in the major areas of the test and on individual test questions.
The Schools' data team and teachers are busy digging into the information that MCAS provides for each student. Areas of need will be addressed and support will be provided so that students continue to work towards meeting expectations. On November 14, Assistant Superintendent Mike Connolly and his team will present a summary to the School Committee to which the public is invited to attend. A recording of the presentation will be made available to all families.
As stated in a press release issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on September 19, 2023, "While overall results are still lower than they were in 2019, results in English language arts (ELA) scores and math were level or improved in all grades compared to 2022."
In addition, it is helpful to remember the variations in how MCAS was administered over the last few years:
- 2019: Full tests in grades 3-8 and high school
- 2020: No MCAS tests administered
- 2021: Half tests in grades 3-8, full tests in high school
- 2022: Full test in grades 3-8 and high school
- 2023: Full test in grades 3-8 and high school
Our students, faculty and staff work hard to achieve at high levels. MCAS provides us a snapshot on how we are doing in meeting the expectations of the MA Curriculum Frameworks in three subjects. In Mansfield, we understand the importance of a state-wide common measure to gauge student achievement. But, we also believe it is critical to continue to use multiple measures to assess in all academic areas as well as in the performing and visual arts, and through students' physical, social, and civic development. We take great pride in our students and I, along with faculty and staff, will continue to strive for excellence so that we meet the high accountability expectations set for us by the MA Department of Education.
DESE K-12 Comprehensive District Review
A reminder that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has selected our district to undergo a K-12 Comprehensive Review this school year. The state is partnering with American Institutes for Research (AIR), who will conduct the evaluation and complete a report outlining strengths and areas for improvement.
As part of the review, AIR welcomes school families to join the Open Family Focus Group on Wednesday, October 18th from 6:30-7:30pm. Families will have the opportunity to share their perspectives on the district’s communication, the opportunities for family involvement and leadership, and opportunities for students within the district.
If you are interested in joining, please register ahead of time using this link:
If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning