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September 25, 2013

Newburyport leads local schools in MCAS results

The state released the results of the Spring 2013 MCAS, and once again local schools outperformed the state average in nearly every category, with Newburyport leading the way.

Overall, Newburyport had the highest scores across all grade levels and subjects in the region, while Amesbury had the lowest. All four school districts scored above the state average, as did most individual grades and subjects within each district.

In Newburyport, 82 percent of all students scored proficient or higher in English, as did 71 percent in both math and science. Pentucket had the second highest English scores, with 78 percent of students scored proficient or higher, along with 68 percent in math and 63 percent in science.

Triton had 76 percent of its students score proficient or higher in English, with 69 percent in math and 60 percent in science, and Amesbury had 76 percent in English, 65 percent in math and 59 percent in science.

While Amesbury’s overall scores didn’t compare favorably to the surrounding communities, the elementary schools compared very well, particularly in the earlier grades and especially at the Amesbury Elementary School.

For instance, 84 percent of Amesbury Elementary School third graders scored proficient or higher in reading, as did 86 percent in math. The school’s reading scores were the highest of all elementary schools in the region, and only the Newbury Elementary School matched the school’s math scores.

The John C. Page School in West Newbury third grade scores were slightly lower, but factoring in its top marks in other areas, it finished with the highest overall scores among all area elementary schools, with 78 percent of students scoring proficient or higher in English, 79 percent in math and 78 percent in science.

Though Newburyport’s elementary schools scored in the middle of the pack, the Rupert A. Nock Middle School in Newburyport owned the top marks of all middle schools in the region. The school’s English language arts scores were especially high, with 90 percent of all students finishing with proficient or higher scores, including 95 percent of all eighth graders.

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