Scientist Geoff Epstein
School Committee
District 6
Teacher
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The table below shows MCAS average data and student demographic profiles for each Framingham school. The major takeaways from the data are as follows:

  • Although in the early grades a majority of our elementary schools are significantly below the state average, by middle school the gap has been diminished, and by the end of high school, the overall performance has reached the state average.

  • Demographics, both in the language and income areas, is a big factor in student performance.

  • Hemenway is our best performing elementary school, running significantly better than Dunning, which may well be related to the especially collaborative teacher culture at Hemenway, which suggests that best practices from Hemenway may well benefit the other elementary schools.

  • Barberi very significantly outperforms Brophy, McCarthy and Wilson, although sharing a similar demographic profile. This Spanish immersion school performance suggests another path to improving the schools. We have as many Portuguese speaking students as Spanish speakers, so it would make great sense to transform one of our Level 3 elementary schools to a Portuguese elementary school. That should lift that school to Level 2 and the ripple effect may well lift our other Level 3 schools towards Level 2.

  • Stapleton is also interesting, as its demographic profile is not too far off McCarthy, but it is doing significantly better. It is not a surprise that the principal at Stapleton is now Interim Director of Elementary Education.

Note that the MCAS results are expressed as a relative Composite Performance Index (CPI), so 0 means exactly at the state average. Negative numbers reflect performance below the state average.

These are the 2016 results as the CPI data have not yet been published for 2017. [The CPI is a number from 1-100 that represents the extent to which students have attained or are progressing toward proficiency in a given subject. Students who demonstrate proficiency on MCAS and/or PARCC tests, and students with severe cognitive disabilities who score at the Progressing level on the MCAS-Alternate assessment, receive 100 CPI points.]

All of these data come from the state DOE website


FLNE = First Language Not English; ELL = English Language Leaner; Af Am = African American; EconDis = Economically Disadvantaged


School Level Hisp Af Am White Asian FLNE ELL ELL Breakdown SPED EconDis Relative CPI
Spanish Portuguese ELA Math Science
Barbieri 2 70 3 24 1 55 34 98.7 - 20 44 -7 -11 -17
Brophy 3 53 8 32 5 58 36 82.9 11.2 16 44 -20 -18 -10
McCarthy 3 28 12 52 2 29 12 52.2 27.5 33 49 -14 -18 -19
Wilson 3 22 9 67 0.3 79 49 7.8 89.8 13 55 -22 -18 -22
Stapleton 2 19 7 65 4 21 9 26.5 50.0 26 39 -6 -13 -3
Potter 2 7 5 79 4 45 21 - 82.9 17 25 0 0 2
Dunning 1 11 5 67 13 36 15 22.5 36.6 20 21 3 0 -2
Hemenway 2 12 4 73 8 22 9 30.2 43.4 21 18 8 6 14
Cameron 2 18 7 69 2 52 8 28.3 71.7 28 38 -12 -10 -8
Fuller 3 38 9 47 2 54 32 46.0 43.3 24 42 -10 -14 -14
Walsh 2 29 5 55 8 35 6 68.3 12.2 24 25 -4 -1 -3
FHS 2 22 7 62 6 40 11 47.8 41.4 15 23 0 2 5

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