Sunday, September 19, 2010

Two-thirds of schools north of Boston fail to meet federal progress standards - The Boston Globe

Yes, our school is doing great things but obviously there is room for improvement...

Mystic Valley Regional Charter School related portions:

Based on results of 2010 MCAS tests released last week, 261 — or 67.6 percent — of the region’s 386 public schools did not meet the standard for yearly progress required under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, according to a Globe review of preliminary data from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


Two-thirds of area schools fail federal progress standards
Boston Globe
More than two-thirds of area public schools, including seven charter schools, have failed to meet the federal standards for improving student performance.
John Laidler
September 19, 2010

Two-thirds of area schools fail federal progress standards
Urban districts lag despite some gains
By John Laidler
Globe Correspondent / September 19, 2010

More than two-thirds of area public schools, including seven charter schools, have failed to meet the federal standards for improving student performance.

Based on results of 2010 MCAS tests released last week, 261 — or 67.6 percent — of the region’s 386 public schools did not meet the standard for yearly progress required under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, according to a Globe review of preliminary data from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Statewide, 982 public schools, or 57 percent, fell short of the federal targets, up from 929 last year.
Among the region’s 71 regular and charter school districts, 33 (46 percent) did not meet federal standards for yearly progress.

Statewide, 123 districts fell short.

Under the No Child Left Behind Act, schools must meet so-called adequate yearly progress standards in English and math with a goal of having all children proficient by 2014. Schools and districts fail to achieve adequate yearly progress if the performance of all students, or of any group of students — such as those with disabilities or limited English proficiency — falls short of either the English or math benchmarks.

If they do not make the benchmarks for two or more years, schools and districts are required to undertake improvements, corrective action, or restructuring.

Other charter schools not meeting benchmarks were Innovation Academy Charter School of Tyngsborough; Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden; Lawrence Family Development Charter School; Hill View Montessori Charter Public School in Haverhill; and Lowell Community Charter School.


Here is the link the MVRCS MCAS results for 2010
MVRCS 2010 MCAS Results;

When looking at the data, you need to see where the school rates compared to the state. For the first two (Advanced & Proficient), ideally MVRCS should be higher or equal to the State number. For the last two columns (Needs Improvement & Warning), the ideal is to be lower than the State numbers.

For example, Grade 6 did exceptional across the board when compared to the State. Alternatively, Grade 5 did not do nearly as well when compared to the state averages.

For comparisions, see links to the sending districts:
NOTE: At the very bottom of the chart is an 'All Grades' Comparision that speaks to the entire district.

Medford: Medford 2010 MCAS Results;

Wakefield: Wakefield 2010 MCAS Results;

Stoneham: Stoneham 2010 MCAS Results;

Melrose: Melrose 2010 MCAS Results;

Everett: Everett 2010 MCAS Results;

Malden: Malden 2010 MCAS Results;


  1. This is interesting especially considering that parents just received a great marketing piece from MVRCS. As any good advertising agency would do, they only provided information as to data that was in their favor. Data aside, why should any of us be surprised, isn't that what the PR guy is there for? As parents, don't you want to know the full picture, not just what they can spin?
    Yes, the 10th grade MCAS are important but if students aren't doing well in the younger years, they won't do well when they reach 10th grade. Did anyone else notice and question why the 'Science & Technology' scores were not provided? As I'm sure the creators of this blog (with their exceptional technology skills) will tell you, both are going to be incredibly important to future generations in their quest for success. Let me share a the results for the 10th Grade Science & Technology with you (and suggest you do a comparision of MVRCS with your district schools as they are not always superior in either Reading or Math).

    Science & Technology –
    Wakefield 14%
    Stoneham 22%
    Melrose 30%
    MVRCS -31%
    Medford 38%
    Malden 43%
    Everett 62%

    Granted, MVRCS isn't at the bottom of the list but they didn't do well either. If I remember the marketing material I read, every classroom was to be equiped with computers. The problem is that many of those computers either don't work or are so painfully slow that the kids can't use them. Yes, they have computers in the library (fume filled, loud library) but according to my sources, they get limited use as the library is being used to accomodate the lack of space needed to properly educate the students. If you doubt this, check out the library some day and view the history on anyone of the computers there (although I'm sure the history will be deleted this week). But hey, make that athletic facility a priority.

  2. What the heck was Neil Kinnon passing out to the people going into the St. Joe's feast? And what was printed on his tshirt?

  3. MV- I have a serious question for you. Is this the info they were using at the meeting to bump up the Malden % in the school?

  4. He was passing stuff out to people at St. Joe's feast? I certainly hope that it was about the feast and the church. Not an appropriate place to be passing out anything else.

  5. I think the school has a new IT guy who has made some significant changes in technology over the summer from what I've heard and seems to really understand how to make things better. Not sure about the library issue as I believe the fire department by law/code has special exhaust equipment that vents all garage exhaust to the outside so I don't believe it is an issue in the library or even in the firehouse for the staff who sleeps in there.

  6. Not a big suprise the lower grades didn't score well. Most of the students are from poor towns(Malden and Everett)where the parents are unwilling or unable to help their kids do well. I don't know about other parents but I have to sign my kids homework and be involved in educating them. I'm from Malden and you would have to drag me kicking and screaming out of the school. I think more parents need to be involved with their kids.

  7. Anonymous @ 5:37....
    Really? You really think that? I don't which I find more disturbing, that the lower grades have more kids from the 'poor towns (Malden and Everett)' or that the parents from those communities are unwilling or unable to help their kids do well. Wow, some heavy assumptions and stereotyping going on there. I'm not from either so I don't have to take it personally but I can imagine others will.
    Are the lower grades filled with more Malden & Everett students? I think if you look at the demographics, the middle grades and now early HS years have the most diverse populations (and not to imply that diversity means unwilling or unable parents but rather that Malden & Everett are much more diverse than other districts). In fact, when I flip through the year books, it seems as if the lower grades are predominately white. I say that because the parents who may have the most difficulty assisting their children would be those who are of a foreign nationality (English isn't first language).
    You have to be involved in educating them? How by checking and signing their homework? Ever notice how the teachers are almost scared to say anything to parents? If a teacher implies or states information the school does not want known, and the parent questions the Administration about it, the teacher suffers. Are you involved with your childs education because you go to the meetings and endure being treated like an ignorant, irrelevant, or trouble making parent for asking questions or (heaven forbid) questioning the Board? Ummm, not sure that would qualify as being 'involved' in your child's education but you keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better.

  8. Hey just so you know was checking out the archives on Dept of Ed website this third grade had the highest ever ela reading score at 71. Speaks well for the future. The real thing is how the kids improve when they move throught the school not one grade. The tenth grade class they have my kid is in and scored very high and did not score as high when in third grade in fact I remmeber them being in the low sixties. Thank you Mystic Valley, Teachers and admin for all staying with a great curriculum.

  9. Obviously you don't know him. I live in the neighborhood and the people passing out things were upset firemen. This just shows how pathetic some of you are. Dont believe me go ask the fire guys

  10. I reiterate that negative and positive banter will water down your blog. I too find the comment about Everett and Malden offensive. Having lived in Everett for 15 years, although I no longer live there, I know many families at multiple income levels, both immigrant families and not, that care deeply about their childrens education. One of the many reasons I choose to keep my child in the charter school is the diverse student body.

    The issues at hand are not family driven. There appears to be an administrative and management problem that parents who launched this blog would like to begin a dialogue around in an effort to particpate in the solution.

    I was disapointed in the overall MCAS scores of the school recently published. I have no skin in the game as my child is past that point in her education. MCAS is one measure albeit an important one that the school must address. This is true for many school systems up and down the northshore not just charter schools.

    MCAS scores however did not appear core to this groups mission. I would strive to keep your blog focused on the top two or three issues that you feel require expediant resolution. Based on themes of many posts I have read, the following four seem to be emerging:

    -no process to encourage turnover on the board
    -transparancy in decision making of the board
    -teacher turnover
    -little or no sense of partnership between families who have concerns and the board to work towards common resolution

  11. I know Neil Kinnon when I see him.

  12. Sorry. I'm lost. What does "I know Neil Kinnon when I see him" mean or have anything to do with all of the posts? Many of us know Neil Kinnon when we see him. Your point?

  13. I think the Neil KInnon comment was directed at my post. I assure you I am not Neil Kinnon. I am a parent with many years into the program and care greatly about the core issues. I am choosing to try and remove the personal emotion from my post.