2018 MCAS Preliminary District Accountability Reports

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released results from the next generation MCAS testing conducted in the spring of 2018. While the results are indicative of the excellence in teaching and academic performance of students and teachers at CPS and CCHS, a highlight of the results was the Willard School being categorized as a School of Recognition.

The new MCAS system include additional accountability indicators to provide educators with information about school performance and student opportunities beyond test scores. There are normative and criterion-referenced components with accountability percentiles and references to progress towards targets. The system focuses on raising the performance of each school’s lowest performing students in addition to the performance of the school as a whole.

Under the next generation MCAS, Massachusetts accountability indicators for grades 3-8 include achievement, student growth, English language proficiency and additional indicators such as chronic absenteeism. For high schools, the accountability indicators are very similar with the addition of high school completion as an element.

For more information on the MCAS reports and to see a copy of the presentation made to the School Committees, please click here.