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Starting with this year's sophomores, high school students in Massachusetts Massachusetts (măsəch`sĭts), most populous of the New England states of the NE United States. will have to pass one subject-specific science MCAS McCune-Albright syndrome (MCAS)
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Yesterday, the state Department of Education announced its first round of science results.
This year's juniors do not have to pass a science MCAS to graduate, but they were all required to take a test in either biology, chemistry, introductory physics or technology-engineering last year. Sixty-nine percent of them passed, but only 35 percent scored at the proficient pro·fi·cient
Having or marked by an advanced degree of competence, as in an art, vocation, profession, or branch of learning.
An expert; an adept. level or higher. Those scores might rise with this year's sophomores as the test becomes a graduation Graduation is the action of receiving or conferring an academic degree or the associated ceremony. The date of event is often called degree day. The event itself is also called commencement, convocation or invocation. requirement, Acting Education Commissioner Jeffrey Nellhaus said in a press release.
Many of this year's sophomores chose to take the test last year as freshmen, and 81 percent of them passed. Students had to take the test in the subject they were studying at the time, but those who did not pass can take that same test again this spring or take the test that corresponds to their current course work.
Most students took the biology test, but the chemistry test seems to have been particularly difficult. Most ninth graders failed it, and so did 38 percent of 10th graders. It was also responsible for some of the lowest pass rates in Central Massachusetts.
Statewide, for instance, there were 39 schools where more than 95 percent of students scored below proficient. In Central Massachusetts, the only school to do so was Leominster's Center for Technical Education, where only 4 percent of students scored proficient or above in chemistry.
Also statewide, there were 60 schools where the majority of students failed at least one of the exams. That exam was chemistry at several local schools: Gardner Gardner, city (1990 pop. 20,125), Worcester co., N central Mass.; settled 1764, inc. as a city 1921. Its furniture and lumber industries date from c.1805. Diversified metal and electronics manufactures add to the city's economic base. A state prison is there. High School (58 percent failed it), Leominster's Center for Technical Education (72 percent), Leominster Leominster (lĕm`ĭnstər), city (1990 pop. 38,145), Worcester co., N central Mass.; set off from Lancaster 1740, inc. as a city 1915. Senior High School (72 pecent failed); Worcester's Burncoat Senior High (75 percent); Worcester's Doherty Memorial (51 percent); Worcester's North High (67 percent); Worcester's South High Community School (64 percent); Worcester's University Park Campus School (59 percent); and Worcester Technical High School Worcester Technical High School (WTHS), is a vocational-technical high school in Worcester, Massachusetts. It opened on August 28, 2006 replacing the old Worcester Vocational High School (formerly Worcester Boys Trade School) in the middle of downtown Worcester. (56 percent).
Other schools and subjects with high failing rates were Pathfinder pathfinder /path·find·er/ (path´find?er)
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n. Regional Vocational Technical High School in Palmer, where 55 percent failed biology; Worcester's North High School, where 52 percent failed biology; Worcester's South High Community School in Worcester, where 51 percent failed biology; and Worcester Technical High School, where 56 percent failed technology/engineering.
In a letter to the School Committee, Worcester Superintendent James A. Caradonio said the results are "first-time, base-line data." The district's analysis of the results shows students struggled with the open-response questions on all of the tests, so those will be a priority this year, he said. A closer look at the scores also shows that many of Worcester's students who were in the failing category were just a few points away from passing.
Board of Education Chairman Paul Reville, a Worcester resident, said in a press release about the statewide scores that "The high school science results, while encouraging, suggest that we have more work to do."
More than a quarter of Massachusetts high school students flunked the test, with dozens of urban high schools across the state registering a failure rate of 50 percent or higher. The disappointing scores, state officials said yesterday, will force school systems to pay closer attention to how they teach science.
"This helps us create a sense of urgency around the parts of our education system that need to be strengthened," said Chris Anderson Chris Anderson may mean:
Educators who oppose including a science requirement in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System commonly called the MCAS (pronounced [mː kǣs], is the Commonwealth's statewide standards-based assessment program developed in response to the lack of stress in said that adding science to the growing list of exams students must pass to graduate will force teachers to teach to the test, will limit time for experiments, and could zap A command that typically deletes the data within a file but leaves the file structure intact so that new data can be entered. See wipe.
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Statewide failure rates on the science MCAS tests ranged from 22 percent in physics to 39 percent in chemistry. Students can score warning/failing, needs improvement, proficient, or advanced on the four exams; they must score "needs improvement" or above on one of the four tests to pass. Currently, students can only take one of the subject tests a year, corresponding to the course they have just completed.
While the majority of the 101,809 ninth- and 10th-graders who took one of the exams passed, more than half failed or received the minimum passing grade. In 39 high schools, mostly in urban districts, that rate rose to more than 95 percent.
"Today's results for the science MCAS reaffirm re·af·firm
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To affirm or assert again.
re once again that we still have work to do to close the achievement gap and to support every student in every school in every community to reach his or her potential," Gov. Deval L. Patrick said in a written statement yesterday.
Currently, Massachusetts students are only required to pass the math and English MCAS to graduate; students in the class of 2010, now sophomores, will have to score "proficient" to pass the math and English tests, instead of the previous passing standard of "needs improvement." Under federal law, all students must be proficient in the two subjects by 2014 or their schools could face sanctions Sanctions is the plural of sanction. Depending on context, a sanction can be either a punishment or a permission. The word is a contronym.
Sanctions involving countries:
Last spring, 71 percent of 10th-graders scored "proficient" or higher in English and 69 percent in math.
Material from The Boston Globe was used in this report