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MCAS Data Shows Accountability Gains for Brockton Public Schools

MCAS Data Shows Accountability Gains for Brockton Public Schools
12 schools demonstrated improvement from pre-pandemic accountability percentiles

The 2022 MCAS and Accountability results, released today by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), show that the Brockton Public Schools experienced significant gains in the accountability percentiles when compared to pre-pandemic data.

Each year, the Massachusetts Accountability Model factors in achievement, student growth percentiles and other measures to compute an overall accountability percentile for each public school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Of the 18 Brockton schools to participate in MCAS, 12 experienced gains. Of note, four schools witnessed double-digit increases.

“Our 2022 MCAS results demonstrate that the district did not experience significant declines in comparison to 2019- the year prior to the pandemic,” said Superintendent Michael Thomas. “We are optimistic that the changes we’ve instituted since our 2020 district review are leading to improved student outcomes, however there is still a lot of work to do. I know that we are trending in the right direction and that our staff, students and families are committed to building a better school district.”

In late 2021, the district overhauled its systems through a partnership with DESE. Major changes included investments in new curriculum and leadership, a new five-year strategic plan, and targeted support to students through better data use. Many investments were made possible through funds received via the Student Opportunity Act and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.

During the 2021-22 school year, the district also adopted its three FOCUS Areas, which include effective instruction, active/reading and writing, and positive relationships. Every classroom in the district launched “Writing Wednesdays,” which offer opportunities for students to participate in active reading and writing exercises in all subject areas.

The district announced a number of changes in early 2022. It launched a new Middle School Honors Academy, increasing access to higher level coursework at every BPS middle school and the Davis K-8 School. The Bilingual Department redesigned its Sheltered English Immersion classrooms at the elementary level to create multilingual classrooms that allow a more flexible range of programming for English learners.

In September, Superintendent Thomas announced a new Superintendent’s Proficiency Commitment. He pledged that in five years, 90 percent of Brockton Public Schools students will be proficient in ELA and Math. Measurement systems include MCAS scores, student classroom performance, and other benchmarks.

 “I believe in our students, I believe in our staff, and I believe in our families. We’re going to do this together,” said Superintendent Thomas.

School Accountability Percentiles Across SY 19-22

School Accountability Percentiles Across SY 19-22

Chart provided by the Brockton Public Schools Office of Accountability and School Improvement.