Friday, December 21, 2012

The Level 4 List: Chestnut Street Middle, John F Kennedy Middle, and M Marcus Kiley Middle (Springfield)

CHESTNUT  STREET MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Chestnut Street Middle School in Springfield, which serves approximately 1,020 students in grades 6 through 8, was named to the state's Level 4 school list in January 2010. Chestnut Street's student population is just over three quarters Hispanic/Latino; the low income population has ranged from 78.6 to 90.5% since 2004-05 while the Limited English proficiency population has ranged from approximately 21 - 26%. In 2011-12, 40.5% of students spoke English as a second language and 25.4% were special education students (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education).

On the 2009 MCAS exam, 35% of Chestnut Street students overall were proficient or advanced in English Language Arts (ELA) and 16% were proficient or better in math. That year 59% of students fell into the Warning/Failing category in math, down from 64% in 2008. Additionally, before Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) was phased out  due to the No Child Left Behind waiver granted to Massachusetts in 2012, Chestnut Street had not met AYP at either the aggregate or subgroup level in ELA or math for any year from 2004 - 2011. In 2008-09 students missed an average of 17 days of school and the attendance rate was 89.8%.

Since being designated a Level 4 school, proficiency rates on the MCAS exams at Chestnut Street improved in ELA and math from 2009 to 2010 but have since declined in both areas. Below are the percentage of students who were proficient or better on each section of the exam from 2009 - 2012.

2009201020112012
ELA35%37%35%33%
Math19%23%20%18%

  • The percentage of students receiving a 'Warning/Failing' grade in math was 60% in 2012, with no change from the previous year,
  • The percentage of students with an 'Advanced' score in math, on the other hand, increased 1 percent from 5% to 6% from 2011 to 2012.
  • Just over half of the African American/Black student population (54%) was proficient or better in ELA
  • 26% of Non-Low Income students were proficient or better in science compared to 6% of Low Income students
  • Chestnut Street failed to meet any of its CPPI targets at either the subgroup and aggregate levels in 2012.

In regard to the CPI, which is a score given to assess a subgroup, school or district's progress toward 100% proficiency, Chestnut Street had an overall score of 64.7 in ELA and 47.6 in math; scores range from 0 - 100 with 100 denoting that all students are proficient.

The average number of absences and attendance rate at Chestnut Street have improved generally the same over the last few years. The retention rate is up 3.2 percentage points in 2011-12 from the previous year while out of school suspensions are up 8%.

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Avg. # of Absences1715.613.913.8
Attendance Rate89.8%90.6%91.3%91.5%

In 2012, the school was in the 2nd percentile relative to schools serving common grades statewide.



JOHN F KENNEDY MIDDLE SCHOOL

The John F Kennedy Middle School, which serves approximately 670 students in grades 6 through 8, was also named to the state's Level 4 school list in January 2010. JFK's student population is about 63%% Hispanic/Latino; the low income population has ranged from approximately 88 to 95% since 2007-08 while the Limited English proficiency population has ranged from approximately 8 - 19%. In 2011-12, 27.2% of students spoke English as a second language and 21.9% were special education students (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education).

On the 2009 MCAS exam, 42% of JFK students overall were proficient or advanced in English Language Arts (ELA) and 15% were proficient or better in math. Math scores that year saw no change from 2008 while ELA scores were up 8 percentage points. That year 69% of 8th grade students fell into the Warning/Failing category in science with none achieving an 'Advanced' score. Additionally, before Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) was phased out  due to the No Child Left Behind waiver granted to Massachusetts in 2012, JFK had not met AYP at the aggregate or subgroup level in math in any year from 2004 - 2011 and just once at the aggregate level in ELA during this time period (2009). In 2008-09 students missed an average of 17.5 days of school and the attendance rate was 89.4%.

Since being designated a Level 4 school, proficiency rates on the MCAS exams at JFK have generally declined in both ELA and math. Below are the percentage of students who were proficient or better on each section of the exam from 2009 - 2012.

2009201020112012
ELA42%41%38%29%
Math15%14%16%11%

  • 0% of 7th and 8th grade students achieved an 'Advanced' score in ELA in 2012; 2% of 6th grade students were advances.
  • The percentage of students with an 'Advanced' score in math declined 1 percentage point to 2% in 2012.
  • 72% of Students with Disabilities had a score in the 'Warning/Failing' category in ELA while 87% failed the math exam
  • JFK failed to meet any of its CPPI targets at either the subgroup and aggregate levels in 2012.

In regard to the CPI, which is a score given to assess a subgroup, school or district's progress toward 100% proficiency, South Lawrence East had an overall score of 61.6 in ELA and 42.5 in math; scores range from 0 - 100 with 100 denoting that all students are proficient.

The average number of absences and attendance rate at JFK have remained generally the same over the last few years (though absences down slightly). 

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Avg. # of Absences17.516.516.6%16.7
Attendance Rate89.4%90%89.9%89.9%

In 2012, the school was in the 1st percentile relative to schools serving common grades statewide.


M MARCUS KILEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

The M Marcus Kiley Middle School, which serves approximately 700 students in grades 6 through 8, was named to the state's Level 4 school list in January 2010 along with Chestnut Street and JFK. Kiley's student population is a little over half Hispanic/Latino; the low income population has ranged from 82.5 to 90.8% since 2007-08 while the Limited English proficiency population has ranged from approximately 12.7 - 18.4%. In 2011-12, 24.1% of students spoke English as a second language and 21.8% were special education students (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education).

On the 2009 MCAS exam, 35% of Kiley students overall were proficient or advanced in English Language Arts (ELA) and 14% were proficient or better in math. That year 57% of Kiley students fell into the Warning/Failing category in math while 21% failed ELA. Additionally, before Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) was phased out  due to the No Child Left Behind waiver granted to Massachusetts in 2012, Kiley only made AYP at the aggregate level in ELA and math once in 2008 and never at the subgroup level from 2004 - 2011. In 2008-09 students missed an average of 18.8 days of school and the attendance rate was 88.7%.

Since being designated a Level 4 school, proficiency rates on the MCAS exams at Kiley have slightly improved in both ELA and math. Below are the percentage of students who were proficient or better on each section of the exam from 2009 - 2012.

2009201020112012
ELA35%34%30%37%
Math14%11%13%17%

In 2012, the percentage of students in math receiving a 'Warning/Failing' grade decreased 7 percentage points from 2011 while the percentage of students failing ELA decreased 5 percentage points. Further:
  • The percentage of 6th students proficient or better in ELA increased 11 percentage points from 19% in 2011 to 30% in 2012.
  • The percentage of 8th students proficient or better in math decreased 6 percentage points in 2011 from 2012.
  • 36% of Female students were proficient or better in ELA compared to 25% of Male students
  • 74% of ELL/Former ELL students received a 'Warning/Failing' score in math in 2012
  • Kiley failed to meet any of its CPPI targets at either the subgroup and aggregate levels in 2012

In regard to the CPI, which is a score given to assess a subgroup, school or district's progress toward 100% proficiency, South Lawrence East had an overall score of 67.9 in ELA and 47.1 in math; scores range from 0 - 100 with 100 denoting that all students are proficient.

The average number of absences at Kiley have remained increased in 2010-11 only to decline in 2011-12; the attendance rate has remained generally the same with a slight increased during the last school year. The retention rate is up 1.8% points in 2011-12 from the previous year while out of school suspensions are down 10.2 percentage points.

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Avg. # of Absences18.818.721.413.7
Attendance Rate88.7%88.8%87.1%91.7%

In 2012, the school was in the 1st percentile relative to schools serving common grades statewide.

If the schools meet all of the requirements, Chestnut Street, JFK and Kiley Middle Schools could exit Level 4 status at the end of the 2012-13 school year.


Citation: www.doe.mass.edu 


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