State Commends Tisbury School as Island Students Meet Targets
Lauren Martin

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.”

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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