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October 4, 2012

Andover High advanced in math

...but 'needs improvement' at two elementary schools

Andover’s MCAS report card for this year shows the upper grades in town making honors but some lower than typical scores at some elementary levels. At Bancroft Elementary, more fourth-graders scored in the “needs improvement” category for English than is the state average; and at South Elementary more students scored in the “needs improvement” category in math than is the state average.

Thirty-five percent of Bancroft’s fourth-grade English scores landed in the “needs improvement” category while 38 percent of South’s fourth-grade math scores did the same.

The statewide average for “needs improvement” is 30 percent for English and 36 percent for math for fourth-graders.

The MCAS scores for spring 2012 were released last month by the state’s Department of Education. Here’s a closer look at some of the highlights:

Bancroft had 60 percent of its 89 test-takers in fourth grade scoring in the “proficient or higher” category for English Language Arts, more than 10 percent below all other elementary schools in town. Just 12 percent scored in the “advanced” category. The scores of 35 percent are in the “needs improvement” category. Both of those scores were not as good as the state average, as 13 percent of fourth-graders statewide scored in the “advanced” category and 30 percent scored in “needs improvement” category. The school did much better in fifth grade as 87 percent were “proficient or higher” in English Language Arts.

Other elementary school scores for the “proficient or higher” category for fourth-grade English Language Arts were at least 11 points higher than Bancroft - ranging from 71 at South to 87 at Sanborn. West Elementary scored a 74 while High Plain scored 81.

Fourth grade math scores at South were noticeably low as just 61 percent of the 107 test takers scored in the “proficient or higher” category. Thirty-eight percent (40 kids) scored in the “needs improvement” category compared to 36 percent statewide. West Elementary was only a point higher in the “proficient or higher” category with 62 percent of the 153 fourth-graders tested. Other fourth-grade math scores in the “proficient or higher” category were at least nine points higher - Bancroft scored 71; Sanborn scored 78; and High Plain scored 80.

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