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2014 Massachusetts District Report Card Overview
LAWRENCE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT (01490000)
Cynthia Paris, Superintendent
237 Essex Street , Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone: 978.975.5905
Website: http://www.lawrence.k12.ma.us

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 district's performance. For the full report card containing additional data contact the district 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 district doing overall?
Accountability & assistance levels
Level5
Chronically underperforming district

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.

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
Low income studentsDid Not Meet Target
Students with disabilities
English language learners & former ELLs
District determination of need for special education technical assistance or intervention
Needs Substantial Intervention (NSI)

Districts, including single school districts, are assigned a determination of need for special education technical assistance or intervention. These determinations, which are typically based on the district's accountability and assistance level, range from Meets Requirements - Provisional (districts with insufficient data) to Needs Substantial Intervention (Level 5 districts). The determination, which also incorporates compliance measures, helps to identify whether the Department will require districts to take additional actions to support improved outcomes for all children, especially students with disabilities.




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

Students scoring proficient or above on Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), 2011-2014.

English language artsMathematicsScience
2011201220132014
2011201220132014
2011201220132014
Our District
%41414144
28283841
13171821
Massachusetts
%69696969
58596160
52545355


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

Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) measure gains in student achievement from year to year. SGPs between 40 and 60 represent moderate growth. Our district's median SGPs for 2014 are below. (Note: Growth values are truncated.)

English language artsMathematics
Lower growthHigher growth
15099
Lower growthHigher growth
15099
Our district  52.0  57.0
Massachusetts  50.0  50.0
 
How does our district's enrollment compare to the state?

Total enrollment
Our district
Massachusetts
13,504955,739
Our districtMassachusetts
By high needs population
#

%
#

%
Low income students
12,474 92.4
365,885 38.3
Students with disabilities
2,701 19.8
164,336 17.0
English language learners
3,813 28.2
75,947 7.9


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

General information
Our district
Massachusetts
Teachers (#)
1,052.3
70,489.3
Core academic classes taught by highly qualified teachers (%)
94.1
95.5
Average class size (#)
18.8
18.1
Student : teacher ratio
12.8 to 1
13.6 to 1


How is our district doing on other important measures?

Attendance
Our district
Massachusetts
2014 Attendance rate (%)
93.0
94.9
2014 Average days absent per student (#)
11.6
8.7
2014 Chronic absenteeism rate (%)
18.4
12.3
Discipline


2014 In-school suspension rate (%)
3.1
2.1
2014 Out-of-school suspension rate (%)
5.7
3.9
High school completion
Our district
Massachusetts
2012 5-year graduation rate (%)
64.1
87.5
2013 4-year graduation rate (%)
61.3
85.0
2013 annual dropout rate (%)
5.8
2.2
2012 graduates attending institutions of higher education* (%)
74.1
75.6
2014 12th graders taking 1+ Advanced Placement courses (%)
22.6
35.6
2014 Advanced Placement tests with scores of 3 or higher (%)
37.1
68.4
2014 SAT average score - Reading
390
508
2014 SAT average score - Writing
383
499
2014 SAT average score - Math
400
523
2013 MassCore** - Completing a rigorous course of study (%)
100.0
70.2
*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 district?
 
What are our schools' accountability and assistance levels?

SchoolSchool typeStudent enrollmentAccountability &
assistance level

Rollins Early Childhood CenterEarly Elementary School 164Insufficient data
Lawlor Early Childhood CenterEarly Elementary School 189Insufficient data
John Breen SchoolEarly Elementary School 312Insufficient data
James F HennesseyEarly Elementary School 444Insufficient data
South Lawrence East Elementary SchoolElementary School 598Level 1
Community Day ArlingtonElementary School 544Level 4
Robert FrostElementary School 599Level 3
Gerard A. GuilmetteElementary School 561Level 1
Francis M LeahyElementary School 548Level 1
Oliver Partnership SchoolElementary School 459Level 4
Edward F. ParthumElementary School 624Level 3
John K TarboxElementary School 337Level 2
Spark AcademyElementary School 256Level 4
Alexander B BruceElementary-Middle School 623Level 3
Emily G WetherbeeElementary-Middle School 680Level 1
South Lawrence East Middle SchoolMiddle School 293Level 4
Arlington Middle SchoolMiddle School 483Level 3
Guilmette Middle SchoolMiddle School 519Level 3
Parthum Middle SchoolMiddle School 516Level 1
UP Academy Oliver Middle SchoolMiddle School 118Level 4
Henry K OliverMiddle School 188Level 4
UP Academy Leonard Middle SchoolMiddle School 356Level 4
Frost Middle SchoolMiddle School 476Level 1
Business Management & Finance High SchoolHigh School 490Level 4
Health & Human Services High SchoolHigh School 520Level 3
Humanities & Leadership Development High SchoolHigh School 521Level 3
Math, Science & Technology High SchoolHigh School 499Level 3
International High SchoolHigh School 521Level 4
Performing & Fine Arts High SchoolHigh School 523Level 3
High School Learning CenterHigh School 167Insufficient data
Phoenix Academy LawrenceHigh School 182Insufficient data
School for Exceptional StudiesMiddle-High School or K-12 194Level 3

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