NCLB STRONGER ACCOUNTABILITY
Mapping Massachusetts' Educational Progress 2008
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Every day, we learn what works so students can make greater progress. Six years after No Child Left Behind's passage – and mid-way to the nation's goal of having students on grade level or better in reading and math by 2014 – we have collected more data than ever before about the academic performance of our students and schools. This information enables all of us to chart where we are as individual states and as a nation and to map a course of action for future progress. The foundation of our success will depend on our continued commitment to the following core principles:

  • High Standards
  • Annual Assessments
  • Accountability for Results
  • Highly Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom (HQT)
  • Information and Options for Parents
  • All Children on Grade Level By 2014
Student Demographics: White 72.4%, Hispanic 12.9%, Black 8.3%,  Asian/Pacific Islander 4.6%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2004-05 School Year

Massachusetts Students

  Massachusetts United States
Total Students 971,909 49,676,964
Low-Income Students 28.2% 40.9%
Limited English Proficient 5.3% 8.5%
Students with Disabilities 15.4% 13.6%

Source: National Center For Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2005-06 School Year

Massachusetts Schools

  Massachusetts United States
Number of Schools 1,879 98,905
Schools Making Adequate Yearly Progress 919 (51.9%) 64,546 (70%)
Schools in Need of Improvement 463 10,676
Schools in Restructuring 135 2,302

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07 & NCES CCD, 2005-06

Massachusetts Facts and Figures

Total NCLB Funding (2007): $333,225,462; a 25% increase over 2001 levels
Public AYP Release Date: August 2007
Testing System Status: Approved

Massachusetts Teachers

Elementary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  98.4% in low poverty schools, 93.8% in high poverty schools.

Secondary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  96.2% in low poverty schools, 84.9% in high poverty schools.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Reports, 2006-07

Massachusetts's Record of Achievement

Reading Achievement for 2006-2007
  Massachusetts 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 56% 81% 49%
White 63% 87% 56%
Black 31% 57% 19%
Hispanic 28% 55% 18%
Low Income 31% 60% 22%

  Massachusetts 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 75% 84% 43%
White 82% 89% 49%
Black 55% 65% 17%
Hispanic 48% 63% 15%
Low Income 54% 69% 20%

Math Achievement for 2006-2007
  Massachusetts 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 48% 93% 58%
White 54% 97% 65%
Black 22% 75% 26%
Hispanic 24% 77% 23%
Low Income 27% 83% 32%

  Massachusetts 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 45% 85% 51%
White 52% 91% 58%
Black 19% 54% 13%
Hispanic 18% 59% 19%
Low Income 22% 65% 25%

Source: Massachusetts Testing Data and 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data

Achievement Trends

State Reading Achievement: 

In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 236, while nationally they scored 220; 8th graders scored approximately 272, while nationally they scored 261.  

In 2005 4th graders scored approximately 231, while nationally they scored 217; 8th graders scored approximately 273, while nationally they scored 260.  

In 2003 4th graders scored approximately 229, while nationally they scored 216; 8th graders scored approximately 272, while nationally they scored 261.  

In 2002 4th graders scored approximately 232, while nationally they scored 217; 8th graders scored approximately 271, while nationally they scored 263.

State Math Achievement: 

In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 252, while nationally they scored approximately 244; 8th graders scored approximately 298, while nationally they scored 280.  

In 2005 4th graders scored approximately 248, while nationally they scored approximately 238; 8th graders scored approximately 292, while nationally they scored 278.  

In 2003 4th graders scored approximately 242, while nationally they scored approximately 236; 8th graders scored approximately 288, while nationally they scored 276.  

In 2000 4th graders scored approximately 232, while nationally they scored approximately 222; 8th graders scored approximately 280, while nationally they scored 272.

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Preparing Massachusetts Students for Success

State's high school graduation rate in 2006 was 79.9% The percentage of high school students who graduate as reported by the state.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07


The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate was 79.3% for the state, 75% for the nation. The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) is a reliable definition for comparing across the states the percentage of students who graduate on time.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)



High School Students Taking Advanced Placement Exams

Source: College Board

Massachusetts Nation
17,060
(28.1%)
698,182
(24.9%)

Options for Parents

  # of Eligible Massachusetts Students % of Eligible Massachusetts Students Participating % of Eligible Students Participating Nationally
Tutoring 117,807 7,500 (6.4%) 529,627 (14.5%)
Choice 246,162 5,008 (2.0%) 119,988 (2.2%)

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07

Flexibility Options for States - Massachusetts

Teacher Incentive Fund Edward W. Brooke Charter School
Limited English Proficient Partnership Participating
Flexibility for Students with Disabilities Participating
Tutoring Pilot Not Participating
Growth Model Not Participating
Districts in Need of Improvement Pilot Boston

 
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