Monday, December 1, 2014

Lynn School Finance FY15

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently released preliminary fiscal year 2015 (FY15) school finance information. Lynn's information is as follows for FY15: 


 

The difference between the city's foundation budget and required net school spending amounts was discussed here. As of this most recent report, public education in Lynn is underfunded by $11,264,249 (required net school spending minus budgeted amount); this figure is 1.2% over the state's threshold for the incurring penalties which include the loss of state (Chapter 70) aid. In order to at least meet the 95% figure which would allow the city to avoid financial penalties, the city would have to add an additional $1,741,612.80  to the school budget based on these most recent figures.


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Source: Chapter 70 District Profiles; http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/chapter70/

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lynn MCAS Results: Marshall Middle School

As a member of the Thurgood Marshall Middle School Council during the last two school years, I have been able to see how hard the teachers and school administration there are working to improve instruction and student outcomes. In previous years, the school reported lower test scores when compared to the other middle schools in Lynn. On the 2014 MCAS exam, Marshall did see some improvement particularly in math and science, two subjects that they had been an area for concern. 




ELA
Math
Science
6
46 (+2)
38 (+14)
N/A
7
48 (+3)
18 (+4)
N/A
8
53 (+6)
22 (+6)
23 (+19)
ALL
49 (+3)
26 (+8)
23 (+19)



On the 8th grade science exam, Marshall's proficiency rate increases 19 points, from 4% in 2013 to 23% in 2014. Additionally, Marshall had 2% of 8th grade students receive an Advanced score in science, up from 0 the previous year. In math, Marshall's proficiency rate increased 8 points from 2013; the percentage of students receiving an Advanced score in math was a little more than double that of the year before. On the flip side, the percentage of students receiving a Warning/Failing score in each subject decreased significantly:






Another metric used to measure student performance is the Cumulative Performance Index (CPI). CPIs are a measure of the extent to which students are progressing toward 100% proficiency in ELA or math; the goal is a CPI of 100 which is the equivalent of all students having achieved proficiency (an advanced or proficient score) on the exam. More specifically, each student participating in the MCAS is given a score based on well they perform on the MCAS which is later averaged among the district, school or subgroup to determine the CPI. Possible scores are 0 (Warning/Failing - Low), 25 (Warning/Failing - High), 50 (Needs Improvement - Low), 75 (Needs Improvement - High), and 100 (Proficient or Advanced). 

Below are Marshall's CPI numbers for math and science.


In 2014, the state mandated CPI target for Marshall in math was 66.5; the actual CPI was 58.9.  The target science CPI was 62.3; the actual CPI 61.9 which the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) considered 'On Target.' A few subgroups were also considered 'On Target' in science; these included High Needs and Low Income. African American and Hispanic/Latino students were 'Above Target' in science. Marshall's 2014 science CPI was 20.3 points higher than its CPI in 2013.




A third metric is the Student Growth Percentile (SGP). Per the DESE, the SGP at individual level " measures student progress by comparing one student's progress to the progress of other students with similar MCAS performance histories. For example, a student with an SGP of 15 in 7th grade English Language Arts (ELA) progressed as much or better than 15% of his or her peers with similar MCAS histories from 6th to 7th grade ELA. At the aggregate level, the SGP is the median student growth percentile for the subgroup, school or district. The 6 year goal is an SGP of 51.

 
Marshall's ELA Student Growth Percentile this year was 47 while the math SGP was 42 (up from 26 in 2013). The largest SGP subgroup change in math was among white students who went from 18 in 2013 to 47 in 2014; seven of the eight subgroups with math SGPs reported for Marshall saw double digit increases in growth.

Overall, Marshall moved from the 3rd to the 4th Percentile relative to other schools serving similar grades. 


Citation: www.doe.mass.edu

Lynn MCAS Results 2014: Part II

Below are proficiency rates on the 2014 MCAS by school at the elementary level; also included is each school's Accountability and Assistance Level. Accountability levels are as follows:
  • Level 1:  On track to college and career readiness
  • Level 2:  Not meeting gap closing goals
  • Level 3:  Focus: Lowest performing 20% of schools (including schools with the largest gaps)
  • Level 4:  Priority: Lowest performing schools
  • Level 5:  Priority: Chronically under-performing schools
Positive or negative numbers in parentheses in the 'ALL' field represent the percent change from 2013. 'School Performance' refers to the school's overall performance relative to other schools statewide that serve the same grade span (percentiles range from 1 - 99). For example, a school performance that is greater than 75% of schools serving common grades statewide is at the 75th percentile.

All numbers are in percentages.

ELEMENTARY
ABORN


ELA
Math
3
6992
4
5158
5
8975
ALL67 (-3)74 (-6)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 1
  • School Performance: 74th Percentile

BRICKETT


ELA
Math
3
4957
4
4453
5
4033
ALL
45 (0)48 (+1)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 2 (up from Level 3)
  • School Performance: 23rd Percentile

CALLAHAN



ELA
Math
3
4667
4
3243
5
3846
ALL
39 (0)53 (+9)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 3
  • School Performance: 11th Percentile

COBBET


ELA
Math
3
2156
4
2736
5
2430
ALL
24 (+10)40 (+5)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 3
  • Focus on Students w/ Disabilities; Low Income; ELL/Former ELL
  • School Performance: 2nd Percentile

CONNERY


ELA
Math
3
5165
4
3148
5
3943
ALL
40 (0)52 (+13)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 3
  • School Performance: 18th Percentile

DREWICZ


ELA
Math
3
5476
4
3340
5
3524
ALL
42 (-5)50 (+8)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level:  Level 3
  • School Performance: 10th Percentile

FALLON

ELA
Math
3
5040
4
020
5
N/AN/A
6
N/AN/A
ALL
26 (+7)27 (+6)


*Data is not reported for samples sizes less than 10

FORD


ELA
Math
3
2859
4
3034
5
3345
ALL
30 (-6)46 (-2)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 3
  • School Performance: 17th Percentile

HARRINGTON


ELA
Math
3
3344
4
4935
5
3436
ALL
39 (+8)38 (+6)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 1
  • School Performance: 21st Percentile

HOOD


ELA
Math
3
3651
4
2130
5
4656
ALL
34 (-7)46 (-9)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 2 (down from Level 1)
  • School Performance: 32nd Percentile

INGALLS



ELA
Math
3
3351
4
2829
5
4634
ALL
34 (+1)38 (-3)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 2
  • School Performance:  21st Percentile

LINCOLN-THOMSON


ELA
Math
3
5254
4
3649
5
8351
ALL
55 (-2)52 (-9)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 2
  • School Performance: 57th Percentile

LYNN WOODS


ELA
Math
3
7891
4
6254
5
7171
ALL
70 (+10)71 (+9)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 1
  • Commended for narrowing proficiency gaps
  • School Performance: 61st Percentile


SEWELL ANDERSON


ELA
Math
3
4152
4
5060
5
6264
ALL
50 (-2)58 (+2)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 1 
  • Commended for narrowing proficiency gaps
  • School Performance: 58th Percentile

SHOEMAKER


ELA
Math
3
5667
4
5543
5
6545
ALL
59 (0)51 (-7)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level:  Level 1
  • School Performance: 51st  Percentile

SISSON


ELA
Math
3
6278
4
6456
5
6255
ALL
63 (-10)64 (-9)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 2
  • School Performance: 38th Percentile

TRACY


ELA
Math
3
4161
4
5038
5
6058
ALL
50 (+21)52 (+2)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 2
  • School Performance: 34th Percentile

WASHINGTON


ELA
Math
3
2342
4
1919
5
N/AN/A
ALL
21 (-3)31 (-7)


*Washington only served grades K-4 during the 2013-14 school year.




MIDDLE
BREED


ELA
Math
6
4635
7
4725
8
5531
ALL
50 (+2)31 (+1)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 3
  •  Focus on students w/ disabilities, ELL/Former ELL
  • School Performance: 5th Percentile


MARSHALL


ELA
Math
6
4638
7
4818
8
5322
ALL
49 (+3) 26 (+8)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 3
  • Focus on Afr Amer/Black; Students w/ Disabilities; Low Income; Hispanic/Latino; ELL/Former ELL
  • School Performance: 4th Percentile


PICKERING


ELA
Math
6
6852
7
6937
8
7650
ALL
71 (+6)46 (+2)
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 3
  • School Performance: 19th Percentile 


HIGH SCHOOL/SECONDARY

                                  ELA             Math
Lynn Classical79 (-8)60 (-4)
Lynn English82 (-3)65 (-4)
Lynn Tech74 (-7)50 (-5)
Fecteau-Leary44 (+11)11 (+4)


LCHS
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 2 (down from Level 1)
  • School Performance: 24th Percentile

LEHS
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 3 
  • Focus on Students w/ Disabilities - Among lowest 20% of Subgroups
  • School Performance: 22nd Percentile

LVTI
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 3
  • School Performance: 15th Percentile

Fecteau-Leary
  • Accountability & Assistance Level: Level 3 
  • Persistently low graduation rate - focus on all students, Low Income, High Needs; Very low MCAS participation (less than 90%)
  • School Performance: 3rd Percentile


Citation: www.doe.mass.edu