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2010 Massachusetts State Report Card
Part VII - About the Data


Enrollment and Educator Data

The waiver data included in this 2010 NCLB Report Card reflects only academic waivers issued during the 2009-2010 school year; it does NOT include critical shortage waivers. The schools included in the data are those in school districts and Horace Mann charter schools, all of whose teachers are required to hold an appropriate license per M.G.L. c.71, §38G. Important information about waivers:

  • Waivers are valid for only one school year
  • The data does not indicate whether a teacher taught under a waiver for the full year; many teachers receive the appropriate license during the school year
  • The district may apply for subsequent waivers, should a teacher not obtain licensure while working under a first year waiver, but must demonstrate that the educator is making significant progress toward obtaining the required license
  • The waiver percentage is based on the total number of individual for whom ESE issued academic waivers, divided by the total number of teachers in the district, as reported in the October 2009 EPIMS data collection
  • A single teacher on a waiver in a smaller district would have a greater impact than on a larger district and the waiver percentages, therefore, are not comparable between districts
  • Teachers in Commonwealth charter schools are required either to be licensed or to pass the teacher test, (M.G.L. c.71, §89 (ii) and 603 CMR 1.07), and are therefore not included in the data
  • Horace Mann Charter School teachers are required to hold an appropriate license (M.G.L. c.71, §38G) and are therefore included in the data

Student Groups (as of October 1, 2009)

MCAS Data (Spring 2010 Results)

Standard MCAS
Performance Level
Scaled Score CPI Points
Advanced / Above Proficient 260-280 100
Proficient 240-258 100
Needs Improvement 230-238 75
Needs Improvement 220-228 50
Warning / Failing 210-218 25
Warning / Failing 200-208 0

Alternate Assessment
Performance Level
Corresponding MCAS Performance Level CPI Points
Advanced / Above Proficient Advanced / Above Proficient 100
Proficient Proficient 100
Needs Improvement Needs Improvement 100
Progressing Warning / Failing 75 or 100 *
Emerging Warning / Failing 75
Awareness Warning / Failing 50
Incomplete Portfolio Warning / Failing 25

* See http://www.doe.mass.edu/news/news.aspx?id=5607 for more information.

SGP: Each student who participated in the MCAS ELA or Mathematics tests in grades 4-8 or 10 and who also took the last MCAS test in that subject receives a Student Growth Percentile (SGP) score. The SGP compares a student's MCAS score with the scores of all students in the state at that grade level who received similar MCAS scores in prior years. SGPs range from 1 to 99, with 50 being average; higher numbers represent higher growth and lower numbers represent lower growth. An SGP of 75, for example, means the student's progress is higher than 75 percent and lower than 25 percent of the students in the state with similar prior test scores. This method works independently of MCAS performance levels. Therefore, all students, no matter the scores they earned on past MCAS tests, have an equal chance to demonstrate growth at any of the 99 percentiles. School and district growth percentiles represent the growth of the median, or middle, student in the school or district. Most school and district median SGPs tend to range between 40 and 60. Schools outside of that range are showing less or more growth than the typical school in Massachusetts. For more information, go to http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/growth/

Accountability Data (2010)