2012 MCAS Results Demonstrate Significant Improvement

The results of the 2012 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) provide an affirmation of the academic progress made by the students of the Blackstone School. Based on students’ MCAS performance last year, the Blackstone school exceeded 13 out of 14 of its performance goals and cut the math failure rate in half from two years ago. In addition to this across-the-board improvement, Blackstone’s English language learning (ELL) students in all grades outperformed the state average on 4 out of 5 measures on the state-wide Massachusetts English Proficiency Assessment (MEPA) test.

Since 2010, when the Blackstone was identified by the state as a “Level 4 – Turnaround School” based on persistent underperformance on the MCAS, the school has undergone a remarkable transformation. The changes, and their effects, are visible in classrooms, hallways, new partnerships, and deeper support for families. Happily, the new approach at the Blackstone is also reflected in its students’ test performance, which place Blackstone 4th out of 11 turnaround schools based on its two-year gains.

Every day at the Blackstone, students read, write, listen, and speak about rigorous content. As the effects of this strong academic environment take root, the Blackstone is also strengthening its sense of community and connection with students, community partners and families. As the school community continues to build on the gains that it has made, it is working to ensure that these important changes are sustained beyond the three-year turnaround period.