DESE Report Card

posted Dec 9, 2016, 5:04 AM by Elizabeth Nelson

 M. Martin O’Shea, Superintendent of Schools
Susan Bertrand, Assistant Superintendent for Learning
Thomas Mazza, Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations
Jean Fontaine, Director of Pupil Services
Nicholas Jorge, Director of Technology

December 9, 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to enclose an overview of our school’s “report card”. Report cards answer important questions about a school's overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.

In this report you will find the following important information about our school:

Student enrollment and teacher quality: This section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state. If your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach
  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver
  • The college degree and major of your child’s teacher
  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications

Student assessment on MCAS and other tests: This section of the report shows how our students are performing on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests as compared to the district and the state.

School and district accountability information: This section of the report contains three important pieces of information:

  • Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. Our school has been placed into Level 2 because gap narrowing goals were not met.
  • School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of our school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. Our school is performing higher than 70% of the elementary schools in the state.
  • Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping all students reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher.

 To improve student achievement in our school, we are continuing to work in ELA and mathematics to close the achievement gap of high needs students.  We also aim to close the science achievement gap, and we have a continued commitment to promoting a positive, safe and rich academic and social environment in which students and teachers can thrive.

We appreciate your ongoing support of Wolf Swamp School and invite your continued involvement and participation in our learning community.

For more information about our school’s report card or to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact us at 565-4270.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Nelson
Principal, Wolf Swamp Road School

To view the schools complete report card, please follow this link:

http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/reportcard/rc.aspx?linkid=37&orgcode=01590025&fycode=2016&orgtypecode=6&

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