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2016 Massachusetts School Report Card Overview
FRANCIS J MCGRATH ELEMENTARY (03480177)
Worcester Public School District (03480000) 493 Grove Street , Worcester, MA 01605
Paula L Gibb-Severin, Principal Phone: 508.799.3584
Grades Served: PK,K,01,02,03,04,05,06 Website: http://mcgrath.worcesterschools.org

Report cards help parents/guardians and the general public see where schools and districts are succeeding and where there is still work to do. This report card overview answers important questions about our school's performance. For the full report card containing additional data contact the school's principal or visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website at http://profiles.doe.mass.edu. For more information about report card data, visit our Profiles Help page.

How is our school doing overall?
Accountability and assistance levels
Our school
Level3
Among lowest performing 20% of schools
Our district
Level4
One or more schools in the district classified into Level 4

Most schools are assigned a level from 1-5, with those meeting their proficiency gap-narrowing goals in Level 1 and the lowest performing in Levels 4 and 5. A district is typically assigned a level based on the level of its lowest performing school. Placing schools and districts into levels helps districts know which schools need more support, and helps the state know which districts need the most assistance. More information is available here: http://www.mass.gov/ese/accountability.

School percentile

School percentiles (1-99) indicate how a school is performing overall compared to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. Our school's percentile is below.

Percentile
Lowest performingHighest performing

Overall progress in narrowing gaps

Massachusetts aims to reduce proficiency gaps by half between 2011 and 2017.

All studentsDid Not Meet Target
High needs studentsDid Not Meet Target
Economically disadvantaged-
Students with disabilities-
English language learners & former ELLsDid Not Meet Target


How does our school's achievement over time compare to the district and the state?

The transitional Composite Performance Index (CPI) is a number from 1-100 that represents the extent to which all students are progressing toward proficiency in a given subject. When all students demonstrate proficiency on MCAS and/or PARCC tests, the CPI will be 100. Our school's transitional CPIs for 2013-2016 are below.

English language artsMathematicsScience
2013201420152016
2013201420152016
2013201420152016
Our school
73.671.670.976.3
61.872.468.470.2
55.0-58.346.7
Elementary Schools in our district
72.972.773.175.1
69.268.267.668.4
64.667.766.765.0
Elementary Schools in MA
83.583.483.784.2
82.883.082.684.1
80.080.879.878.6


How does our school's growth compare to the district and the state?

Transitional Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) measure gains in student achievement from year to year. SGPs between 40 and 60 represent moderate growth. Our school's median SGPs for 2016 are below. (Note: Growth values are truncated.)

English language artsMathematics
Lower growthHigher growth
15099
Lower growthHigher growth
15099
Our school   48.0    40.5
Elementary Schools in our district  55.0  52.0
Elementary Schools in MA  51.0  52.0



How does our school's enrollment compare to the district and the state?

Total enrollment
Our school
Our district
Our state
28625,076953,429
Our
school
Elementary Schools in our districtElementary Schools in MA
By high needs population
#

%
#

%
#

%
Economically disadvantaged students
167 58.4
7,602 54.1
105,033 29.7
Students with disabilities
5619.6
2,342 16.7
54,668 15.4
English language learners
114 39.9
6,213 44.2
41,225 11.6


How do our school's teachers and classrooms compare to the district and the state?

General information
Our
school

Elementary Schools in our district
Elementary Schools in MA
Teachers (#)
15.4
881.6
25,630.9
Core academic classes taught by highly qualified teachers (%)
100.0
99.2
96.5
Average class size (#)
20.2
18.1
19.6
Student : teacher ratio
18.6 to 1
15.9 to 1
13.9 to 1

How is our school doing on other important measures?

Attendance
Our
school

Elementary Schools in our district
Elementary Schools in MA
2016 Attendance rate (%)
94.8
95.4
95.7
2016 Average days absent per student (#)
8.6
7.8
7.4
2016 Chronic absenteeism rate (%)
15.5
11.6
8.7
Discipline



2016 In-school suspension rate (%)
0.3
1.0
0.5
2016 Out-of-school suspension rate (%)
0.3
2.6
0.9
High school completion
Our school
Our district
Our state
2014 5-year graduation rate (%)
-
82.5
88.5
2015 4-year graduation rate (%)
-
80.8
87.3
2015 annual dropout rate (%)
-
1.7
1.9
2014 graduates attending institutions of higher education* (%)
-
65.0
76.2
2016 12th graders taking 1+ Advanced Placement courses (%)
-
44.4
40.6
2016 Advanced Placement tests with scores of 3 or higher (%)
-
31.8
66.5
2016 SAT average score - Reading
-
437
509
2016 SAT average score - Writing
-
426
497
2016 SAT average score - Math
-
451
522
2015 MassCore** - Completing a rigorous course of study (%)
-
0.0
72.3
*Postsecondary enrollment data includes any student enrolling in an institution of higher education within 16 months of earning a high school diploma
**MassCore: 4 years of English & math, 3 years of history & lab-based science, 2 years of a foreign language, 1 year of arts & 5 additional "core" courses

What else should you know about our school?
At Francis J McGrath our focus is to ensure that all students show growth in their ability to read fluently, comprehend deeply, think critically, and respond effectively across all content areas. We work towards achieving this through our assessment practices, instructional practice and best practices: Collaborative Discussion among peers, Responding to Literature and Writing Every day. Each teacher has committed to at least two Science investigations and collaborating as a professional learning community each month to ensure all students improve in science.  We have started a garden club with the Environmental Council and continue to work with the Blackstone Coalition to increase a deeper mastery of science. All teachers attend ongoing Professional Development to assist children to become proficient writers through the SRSD system. Through consistent efforts of all stakeholders, our school culture promotes respect for all and holds everyone to high expectations. Students and staff utilize the Positive Behavioral Intervention System. We all are committed to being respectful, responsible, caring and safe at all times. We continue to build and foster our community partnerships providing students and families increased supports. Our staff, students, families and community members work collaboratively to ensure a safe, welcoming and secure school for all.
To view our school's full report card, visit http://profiles.doe.mass.edu. For more information about report card data, visit our Profiles Help page.
Published by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education