We are pleased to enclose a 2-page overview of our school’s 2015 “report card”. Report cards answer important questions about a school’s overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.

The 2015 complete school report card can be accessed here.

In this report you will find the following important information about our school:

Student enrollment and teacher quality: This section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state.

Student assessment on MCAS and other tests: This section of the report shows how our students are performing on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests as compared to the district and the state.

School and district accountability information: This section of the report contains three important pieces of information:

  • Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. Our school has been placed into Level 2. Although our “All Students” group met its targets, our “High Needs Students” group did not meet its 2014 targets for reducing proficiency gaps between 2011 and 2017.
  • School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of our school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. Our school percentile is 94. This means that our school is performing higher than 94 percent of the Grade K-5 elementary schools in the state.
  • Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping allstudents reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. Massachusetts has set a goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half between the years 2011 and 2017. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher.
  • To improve student achievement in our school, we are evaluating our work with students, examining our curriculum decisions, and designing interventions and extensions to address the needs of each individual learner. We are committed to continually refining our work with students so that each child learns at a high level. We are especially committed to improving the effectiveness of our classroom dialogue (including student-student discussions) and refining our support services (e.g. our new co-taught classroom in Fifth Grade) in our effort to narrow our achievement gap.

 

We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Some of the ways you can become involved are:

  • Encouraging your child’s learning at home
  • Attending parent-teacher meetings and other special meetings
  • Serving as a volunteer in our school or district
  • Encouraging other parents to become involved

For more information about our school’s report card or to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact us at 617-559-9630.

Newton’s district overview and complete report card can be accessed online here.

 

A print copy can be viewed at our school office, Superintendent’s office, Newton City Hall, or the Newton Main Library. 

Sincerely,

Mark Chitty

Principal, Peirce Elementary School