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MCAS scores statewide drop in pandemic year; Arlington discussion next month

MCAS logoUPDATED, Sept. 22: The spring scores for the standardized test that many hate and others tolerate were released Tuesday, Sept. 21, and the big picture wasn't promising, YourArlington partner Patch reports.

State education officials said results showed that "many more students had gaps in their knowledge of math and, to a lesser extent, English language arts" compared to scores from 2019, which was the last year MCAS was administered. The test was skipped in 2020 due to the pandemic forcing a shift to remote learning.

Parents and guardians are to get the scores Sept. 30. The Arlington School Committee is to discuss them in October. Here are results reported by The Globe (scroll down in each case to see Arlington):

Math, English results for grades 3-8 by district 
Math, English results for grade 10 by district
Math, English results for grade 5-8 by district
The percentage of students in third through eighth grade receiving a score of "meeting expectations" or higher in math and English each dropped from 2019, the most recent previous year the test was given after the exams were skipped in 2020 amid the sudden pivot to remote learning.
In math, the percentage fell from 49 percent in 2019 to 33 percent in 2021, while for the English language arts test, it dropped from 52 percent in 2019 to 46 percent in 2021.
The percentage of 10th graders scoring at least in the "meeting expectations" category ticked upwards to 64 percent this year, from 61 percent in 2019. The amount of 10th grade students reaching that level on their math tests fell, however, dropping to 52 percent from 59 percent.

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Globe, Sept. 21: Scores plummet during pandemic


This news announcement was published Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, and updated Sept. 22

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