Minuteman's 2016 Massachusetts School Report Card Overview

  • November 2016

    Access to School Report Card Overview and Report 

     
     
    Report cards answer important questions about a school's overall performance, and they contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.

    In this report you will find the following important information about our school:

    Student enrollment and teacher quality: This section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state. If your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

    • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach
    • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver
    • The college degree and major of your child’s teacher
    • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications

    Student assessment on MCAS and other tests: This section of the report shows how our students are performing on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests as compared to the district and the state.

    School and district accountability information: This section of the report contains three important pieces of information:

    • Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. Our school has been placed into Level 1 because our MCAS scores continue to improve and our aggregate and high needs groups met their cumulative progress and performance index (PPI) targets.
    • School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of our school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. Our school percentile is 35.  This means that our school is performing higher than 35% percent of the high schools in the state.
    • Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping all students reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. Massachusetts has set a goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half between the years 2011 and 2017. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher.

    To improve student achievement in our school and in response to the areas of need identified in our report card, we continue to provide targeted services to Special Education students. The Student Learning Center (SLC) features enhanced instruction in preparation for MCAS testing, and the SLC staff also address students’ needs related to Executive Function.

    In another response to our report, our special education staff and their co-teaching partners work to improve instruction within the five models of co-teaching: One Teach, One Support; Parallel Teaching; Alternate teaching; Station Teaching, and Team Teaching.

    The commitment to co-teaching is consistent with recent professional development programs in Math. Our teachers completed professional development in the form of workshops and coaching to adjust their instruction to include the following: the standards of mathematical practice, collaborative problem-solving using rich mathematical tasks, differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all students, and practices that promote student engagement in mathematical reasoning.

    The Collins Writing Program continues to be applied school-wide (both in academics and CTE).  Through this program, students apply the skill they learn in English to achieve success in Science, Math, Social Studies, and CTE.

    We are convinced that these efforts are part of the explanation for our across-the-board improvements in MCAS for 2016 and the reestablishment of our Level 1 accountability rating.

    I encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Some of the ways you can become involved are:

    • Encouraging your child’s learning at home and checking his or her progress on x2,
    • Attending parent-teacher meetings and other special meetings,
    • Serving as a volunteer in our school or district,
    • Encouraging other parents to become involved.

    For more information about our school’s report card or to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact: William J. Blake, Jr., Minuteman’s Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment bblake@minuteman.org

    Sincerely,


    John M. Dillon, M.Ed.

    Principal