District Report Card

10/11/2022

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the 2022 MCAS and Accountability on September 29. I prepared a preliminary report for the FRRSD School Committee which I presented at the October 3, 2022 meeting. You can review the presentation by following this link.  This presentation is based on the combined 3-6 scores since it provides a larger sample size than individual classes.

The bottom line is that the FRES performances were greatly improved over previous years.

Academic Achievement

The 3-6 ELA results for the past two years have been above the state 3-8 average and compare favorably with our neighboring elementary schools. The 2022 3-6 Mathematics results were appreciably above the state 3-8 results and also compare favorably with neighboring districts. The science results are strictly 5th grade data and the 2022 results are well above the state average.

Student Growth

The Student Growth Percentile (SGP) is a measure of student progress (growth) from year to year which is another way to look at the school’s performance. SGPs of 1-39 are associated with low growth.  SGPs of 40-59 are associated with typical growth.  SGPs above 60 are associated with high growth. The FRES 3-6 SGP for ELA was 56.  The FRES 3-6 SGP for Mathematics was 65.  This is altogether a good showing.

Accountability Percentile

An accountability percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number is an indication of the school’s overall performance relative to other schools that administer similar assessments, and is calculated using up to two years of data for all accountability indicators. Accountability percentiles are not calculated for districts, or for any school without sufficient achievement and growth data in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The FRES Percentile was 52 for 2022 which is appreciably higher than it has been in previous years.

Last year FRES implemented After School Learning Initiatives, Block Scheduling, Problem of the Day, 2-3 pm Block for struggling students, MCAS Practice, and Use of specialists on non-specials blocks.  I have been told that these initiatives were responsible for the improvements in 2022.

The FRES staff is committed to building on these improvements throughout the 2022-2023 school year.

Sincerely,

Rob Putnam

Interim Principal/Superintendent