This means that none of the middle schools in Framingham are Level 1. Cameron and Walsh Middle are Level 2 and Fuller Middle is a Level 3.
"The greatest areas in need of improvement are with our “high needs” population of students -- those who are identified with learning disabilities, 504 plans, or who are English Language Learners," wrote McAuliffe Executive Director Kristin Harrison in a letter to parents, explaining the MCAS results and the change in level.
"In all three subject areas, there is a considerable gap in performance between our “high needs” subgroup and the “non-high needs” subgroup. We can make sense of this and attribute this to the fact that our “high needs” subgroup includes students who face a substantially greater challenge to learn than those who do not have identified disabilities or those who are not learning the English Language while also grappling with complex math problems, geology lessons, and writing 5-paragraph essays," wrote Harrison. "However, there is no excuse for us allowing this underperformance to take place at McAuliffe as we are responsible for guiding all of our scholars to learn and make strides toward becoming critical thinkers, strong readers and writers, and mathematicians."
"The 2013 results indicate that we most struggled to meet the learning needs of our “high needs” students in mathematics. And, because we did not make enough progress toward our goals, we’re currently classified as a Level 2 school," wrote Harrison. "The label is just that -- a label. What matters is that school leaders, teachers, and the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees use these results in order to improve our special education program so that all of our scholars make great progress in their learning this year."Harrison told parents the school is doing the following to support its goals to educate all students:
Hired two instructional coaches
Provide our special educators with targeted professional support (PD & coaching) to improve instruction with special education students.
Hired a Dean of Culture with a background in guidance counseling in order to lead our student support program and ensure students with emotional and behavioral challenges receive the supports that they need to be successful.
The Board of Trustees Education Committee will be collaborating with School Leaders to evaluate the school’s special education program and establish plans for programmatic improvement.
Empower McAuliffe parents to re-establish a Special Education - Parent Advisory Committee (SE-PAC) to support the work that the Education Committee engages in regarding programmatic evaluation.
MCAS results also showed that in
English Language Arts, the school maintained comparable performance to 2012 with 83% of the student body performing at Advanced or Proficient. The average Student Growth Percentile was 58.5 which indicates strong growth in the target range of 40-60.
Mathematics, McAuliffe’s overall performance was also comparable to 2012 with 61% of the student body performing at Advanced or Proficient. The student growth percentile was a bit lower than in ELA at 49.0, still in the target zone but not as high as we’d like to see it.
- In 8th grade Science, McAuliffe continued a 4-year trend of improvement with 62% of students performing at Advanced or Proficient (53% in 2012 and 51% in Framingham).
For information on schools are rated on Levels visit: http://www.doe.mass.edu/apa/framework/framework.pdf
McAuliffe Charter School, located in Framingham accepts students in grades 6, 7 and 8 via lottery. Core communities are Ashland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Framingham, Marlborough, Natick, Sudbury and Southbrough.
The school announced plans to move to a new campus in Framingham in the 2014-15 school year earlier this month.