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2015 Massachusetts District Report Card Overview
SOMERVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT (02740000)
Mary E Skipper, Superintendent
8 Bonair Street , Somerville, MA 02145
Phone: 617.625.6600
Website: http://www.somerville.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 http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/help/data.aspx.


How is our district doing overall?
Accountability & assistance levels
Level3
One or more schools in the district classified into Level 3

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
Economically disadvantaged-
Students with disabilitiesDid Not Meet Target
English language learners & former ELLsDid Not Meet Target
District determination of need for special education technical assistance or intervention
Needs Technical Assistance (NTA)

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), 2012-2015.

English language artsMathematicsScience
2012201320142015
2012201320142015
2012201320142015
Our District
%53575960
40474853
41414951
Massachusetts
%696969-
596160-
54535554


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 2015 are below. (Note: Growth values are truncated.)

English language artsMathematics
Lower growthHigher growth
15099
Lower growthHigher growth
15099
Our district  56.0  60.0
Massachusetts  50.0  50.0
 
How does our district's enrollment compare to the state?

Total enrollment
Our district
Massachusetts
4,987955,844
Our districtMassachusetts
By high needs population
#

%
#

%
Economically disadvantaged students
1,772 35.5
251,026 26.3
Students with disabilities
1,060 21.0
165,060 17.1
English language learners
869 17.4
81,146 8.5


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

General information
Our district
Massachusetts
Teachers (#)
421.4
71,886.8
Core academic classes taught by highly qualified teachers (%)
99.2
95.4
Average class size (#)
16.4
18.0
Student : teacher ratio
11.8 to 1
13.3 to 1


How is our district doing on other important measures?

Attendance
Our district
Massachusetts
2015 Attendance rate (%)
94.3
94.7
2015 Average days absent per student (#)
9.6
9.0
2015 Chronic absenteeism rate (%)
15.5
12.9
Discipline


2015 In-school suspension rate (%)
2.5
1.8
2015 Out-of-school suspension rate (%)
2.9
2.9
High school completion
Our district
Massachusetts
2013 5-year graduation rate (%)
81.2
87.7
2014 4-year graduation rate (%)
77.0
86.1
2014 annual dropout rate (%)
3.6
2.0
2013 graduates attending institutions of higher education* (%)
68.2
76.6
2015 12th graders taking 1+ Advanced Placement courses (%)
35.0
39.7
2015 Advanced Placement tests with scores of 3 or higher (%)
57.0
66.3
2015 SAT average score - Reading
470
508
2015 SAT average score - Writing
464
497
2015 SAT average score - Math
480
521
2014 MassCore** - Completing a rigorous course of study (%)
54.6
72.4
*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

Capuano Early Childhood CenterEarly Elementary School 367Insufficient data
Benjamin G BrownElementary School 287Level 1
Arthur D HealeyElementary-Middle School 529Level 3
John F KennedyElementary-Middle School 439Level 1
Albert F. Argenziano School at Lincoln ParkElementary-Middle School 569Level 2
E Somerville CommunityElementary-Middle School 668Level 2
West Somerville NeighborhoodElementary-Middle School 370Level 1
Winter Hill CommunityElementary-Middle School 446Level 2
Next Wave Junior HighMiddle School 20Insufficient data
Somerville HighHigh School 1,237Level 1
Full Circle High SchoolHigh School 55Insufficient data

To view our district'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