Next week parents and guardians will be receiving their children’s MCAS scores, that were administered in May and June 2021. Test administration in 2021 was quite different than in years past. Students in grades 3-8 took shorter tests – one session in one day for each exam instead of the typical two sessions in two days. Additionally, elementary and middle school students in RLA could choose to take the MCAS at home. The shortened test and the variance in testing conditions make the scores less reliable than in previous years.
Please review the MCAS report carefully. DESE has made many resources available to parents and guardians on the MCAS parent page (https://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/parents/default.html). Furthermore, there is MCAS information on the Resources Page of the Weston website. These are great places to consult if you have general questions about the MCAS or your child’s report. If you have any specific questions about your child’s MCAS scores, please connect with your child’s teacher, guidance counselor, or principal. We will be happy to help you.
Due to the challenges associated with disrupted education over the past 18 months it is not surprising that MCAS scores have fallen across the state. Weston’s MCAS results have fallen as well, although scores remain extremely strong compared to state averages.
We do have a few more students who have not met or have partially met expectations and we are following the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Acceleration Roadmap to close learning gaps.
For detailed information about Weston’s MCAS scores and accountability status, please consult www.profiles.doe.mass.edu and search for Weston Public Schools.
There will be a formal presentation focusing on MCAS assessment and accountability results at the School Committee Meeting on Tuesday, October 12th at 7:00pm.
J. Kimo Carter, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning