Thursday, January 10, 2019

Lynn Reports Gender Disparities in 9th Grade Coursework Pass Rates

Last month, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a report which noted the percentage of 9th grade students who had completed and passed all courses during the 2017-2018 academic year. Overall, 68.2% of Lynn Public School District students completed and passed all coursework. Interestingly, however, when broken out by subject area, the pass rates by individual subject area are slightly higher:
  • 85.2% of 9th students completed/passed English Language Arts
  • 86.4% completed/passed History/Social Science
  • 83% completed/passed Mathematics
  • 81.6% completed/passed Science
  • 84.9% completed/passed courses designated 'Other'
In looking at the gender breakdown related to these pass rates, statewide female students had an all course pass rate of 84.7% compared to 75.1% for male students. In Lynn, that rate was 73.5% for female students compared to 64.1% for male students. Pass rates also varied by high school within LPS:





Last year, Lynn Tech reported a pass rate for male students higher than the state's overall rate and was on par with the state for female students. Generally, the pass rates for each individual subject (English Language Arts, History, Science, etc.) matched the overall pass rate reported for each gender with courses deemed 'Other' slightly higher. In 2017-18, 10% of 9th grade students overall were retained, again with gender disparities (7.5% of female 9th grade students retained versus 11.9% of male students).

For a look at pass rates for other subgroups including English Language Learners and Students with disabilities, see here.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Lynn Political Calendar 2019

Nomination papers for the 2019 Lynn municipal elections will be available on Monday, March 25, 2019.

Requirements:

  • Councilor At Large or School Committee: 350 signatures; not more than 100 from any one ward
  • Ward Councilor: 100 signatures from the ward

Other Important Dates: 
  • Friday, June 21st at 4pm: Deadline to take out nomination papers
  • Monday, June 24th at 4pm: Deadline to file nomination papers
  • Tuesday, September 3rd: Preliminary Election
  • Tuesday, November 5th: City Election

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Lynn Midterm Election Voter Turnout

Tuesday's 2018 midterm election saw historic voter turnout nationwide with an estimated 49% of eligible voters casting a ballot (compared to 36.7% in 2014). In Lynn, voter turnout was up just slightly from 2014 (+3.7).




The city overall overwhelming voted for incumbents Senator Elizabeth Warren (67% to 30%) and Governor Charlie Baker (61% to 39%). Lynners also voted on the ballot questions in line with the final statewide results (No; Yes; Yes).

While the official voter participation rate statewide has not been posted yet, Secretary of State William Galvin did expect 2.4 million ballots to be cast in Massachusetts (equivalent to a more than 50% turnout rate).


Source: Lynn City Clerk and Elections Office

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Lynn Voter Turnout Rates [2008 - 2017]

Given the recent political events and current climate, there has been a renewed push for voter participation in this year's midterm election. Here we take a look a Lynn's voter turnout rates for the past decade. 


Presidential Elections

  • 2008
  • 2012
  • 2016

Municipal Elections
  • 2009 (mayoral race)
  • 2011
  • 2013 (mayoral race)
  • 2015
  • 2017 (mayoral race)

Gubernatorial/Midterm Elections
  • 2010
  • 2014
  • 2018 (Participation rate TBD)

As previously noted, voter participation in Lynn tends to be highest for presidential election years and lowest in years where there is a municipal election but no mayoral contest. 


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Lynn Rolls Out New Attendance Initiative - A Look at the Data

In the October 1st edition of the Daily Item, Gayla Cawley reported that the Lynn Public School District is rolling out a new K - 12 attendance plan called "Every Student, Every Day." Part of this plan includes "studying data to determine which students have high absentee rates and working with those families, and reaching out to community partners for support."

The most recent data from the 2016-2017 school year indicates that the average number of days absent for Lynn students was 10.5 and that 19.2% of students were deemed chronically absent (defined as missing 18 or more school days). Nearly 40% of students missed 10 or more school days that year. 




Attendance rates did vary by school. Drewicz and Aborn, for example, each reported their average number of absences to be about 6 while Fecteau-Leary reported 29 absences as the average. 

School
Attendance Rate
Avg. # of Absences
Absent 10 or More Days
Chronically Absent (10% or More)
Drewicz Elementary
96.4%
6
23.5%
6.2%
Aborn
96.4%
6.2
21%
4%
Breed Middle School
94.2%
9.9
38.6%
17.4%
Brickett Elementary
94.9%
8.7
35%
11.9%
Shoemaker
94.9%
9
36.8%
10.4%
Classical High
91.7%
14
54.6%
32%
Cobbet Elementary
95.8%
7.2
26.5%
8.2%
Harrington
94.4%
9.4
35.6%
18.3%
Early Childhood Center
91.2%
14.3
51.2%
30.1%
Sisson
95.3%
8.3
31.6%
8.8%
Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High School

78.6%

29.1

79.3%

72.3%
Hood
95.5%
7.7
31.1%
9.4%
Ingalls
95.5%
7.5
30.6%
10.4%
Callahan
94.6%
9.1
37%
12.9%
Lincoln-Thomson
96%
6.9
24.9%
7.3%
Lynn English High
90.9%
15.1
52.8%
32.7%
Lynn Vocational Technical Institute

93.1%

12

50.4%

22.7%
Lynn Woods
95.9%
7.2
23.8%
6%
Pickering Middle
95%
8.7
34.4%
12.9%
Ford
95.7%
7.4
27.5%
9.8%
Sewell-Anderson
95.2%
8.4
34.8%
10.7%
Thurgood Marshall Mid
94.9%
8.6
32.9%
16%
Tracy
95.5%
7.6
28.5%
13.1%
Washington Elementary School

93.8%

10.2

41.5%

19.4%
Fallon
88.7%
18.9
71.7%
55%
Connery
95.6%
7.6
30.6%
9.1%


As previously reported, Massachusetts's new accountability system takes into consideration a number of factors, one being chronic absenteeism. At the non-high school level, Lynn received 3 points for all students, meaning it met its target; Lynn's 2018 target for chronic absenteeism in the lower grades was 11.7%. The target for the lowest performing students was 11.9% and Lynn reported 13.1% so while it did improve from 2017, it was below the target and the district received 2 points as a result. 



The chronic absenteeism rate at the high school level increased from 2017 to 2018 for students overall as well as for the lowest performing students. Due to this decline, the district received 0 points in each category. 

In addition to working with families directly, the Item also noted that the district "is doing community outreach and awareness and educating community agencies and doctors’ offices about the impact of chronic absenteeism."


All data taken from: www.doe.mass.edu