Martha's Vineyard Students Turn in High Marks Amid Tangled Landscape of State Tests

State test scores released this week show Martha’s Vineyard public schools performing well nearly across the board, with most ranked in the top levels in the state’s accountability system.

Uneven MCAS Scores for Vineyard Schools

While holding their place across the board for strong academic achievement, Vineyard public schools turned in mixed scores this year on the MCAS exam with some schools showing new areas that need improvement, especially when it comes to improving proficiency among low income, non-English-speaking and special needs students.

Vineyard Students Perform Generally Well on MCAS Test, Exceed State Averages

With standardized test results made public last Friday, school leaders Islandwide have begun to examine the wealth of data and discuss student performance with staff and parents.

Scores from the MCAS test administered to Island students last spring show the majority of students at Island public schools are performing at or above state standards in English language arts, mathematics and science.

Beyond the MCAS Scores

There was good news to celebrate in Vineyard public schools last week with the release of the scores from the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exam administered annually among elementary and high school students. Student proficiency levels are good to excellent in math and English nearly across the board, and six out of seven Island schools received top rankings under a newly-devised system this year that ranks schools on a one-to-five scale.

Vineyard Public Schools Achieve Top Rankings On MCAS Exams

Six of seven schools on the Vineyard were given top rankings based on results from annual statewide standardized tests, which were released this week. The West Tisbury School received a commendation for high achievement on performance, while Tisbury School second-graders were the second highest performers in the state on the English portion of the test.

Teachers Defend and Question MCAS

"You should have seen their faces at the end of the testing," said regional high school history teacher Corinne Kurtz. "They were skeletons."

State Commends Tisbury School as Island Students Meet Targets

Tisbury School principal Richie Smith can describe exactly the moment he learned how his students performed in the annual Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test: it was August 6, early morning, in his kitchen, on the telephone and he did cartwheels.

“Well, it was more jumps,” he revised. “But I react that way every year when I find out we made AYP.”

News Update: Tuesday, September 20 - Island MCAS Scores: Top Awards and Missed Marks

The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores are in and it’s good news and bad news for Vineyard schools.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School was the only Vineyard school to meet the state’s adequate yearly progress (AYP) targets in English language arts and mathematics.

MCAS Scores: What Lies Beneath

MCAS Scores: What Lies Beneath

Examining the results of the annual statewide standardized school exams can be like being a kid again and looking under a big rock in the woods. We all recall that sense of discovery, turning over something that from above appeared a lifeless shape of stone and finding that it sheltered teeming activity of all kinds. Suddenly there was much more to study.

In Mixed Results, Students’ MCAS Scores Rise Yet Miss Some State and Federal Targets

The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores released this week reveal conflicting trends in Vineyard schools, where individual classes excelled but schools as a whole did not progress enough to meet new state and federal benchmarks.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School was the only school to meet the state’s adequate yearly progress (AYP) targets in English and math. However, Vineyard schools superintendent Dr. James H. Weiss this week called higher cutoff levels one of the reasons the schools were falling short of the targets.