2008-09 Massachusetts State Report Card
In accordance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), all states and districts receiving federal Title I funds must prepare and disseminate annual report cards. Report cards are critical tools for promoting accountability for schools, districts, and states by publicizing data about student performance and program effectiveness for parents, policy makers, and other stakeholders. Report cards help parents/guardians and the general public see where schools and districts are succeeding and where there is still work to do.
The Massachusetts State Report Card is divided into the following seven parts:
| Part I: || Enrollment & Educator Data |
Shows enrollment statistics as of October 1, 2008 for Massachusetts public schools. This section also includes the percentage of Massachusetts teachers licensed in the area in which they are teaching, and the percentage of core academic classes taught by teachers who are "highly qualified."
| Part II: || 2007 Massachusetts & Nationwide NAEP Results |
NAEP, or the National Assessment of Educational Progress, is often called the "Nation's Report Card." It is the only measure of student achievement in the United States that allows you to compare the performance of students in Massachusetts with the performance of students across the nation or in other states.
| Part III: || State Achievement in English Language Arts, Mathematics & Science |
Shows a summary of state performance on the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) examinations in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science. The data are broken down by grade level and subject area, and includes data for specific groups of students.
| Part IV: || State Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Report |
Shows the State’s 2008 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) data for both English Language Arts and Mathematics. Student groups for whom AYP determinations are made include students with disabilities, students with limited English proficiency, economically disadvantaged students (eligible for free/reduced price school lunch), and African American/Black, Hispanic, Asian, White, and Native American students. Students are counted in each student group to which they belong.
| Part V: || District Accountability Status |
Lists the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Accountability Status for all districts in Massachusetts and contains links to the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report for each district.
| Part VI: || Schools Identified for Improvement, Corrective Action, or Restructuring |
Lists the schools in Massachusetts that are currently identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
| Part VII: || About the Data |
Contains definitions of the data and key terms used in the Massachusetts State Report Card and includes links to additional resources and information.