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State seeks more data

Schools to track 'student growth'

Conducted by teacher Becky Bussiere and accompanied by Linda Cross, the Southbridge High School chorus serenaded the School Committee Tuesday night with Beatles tunes, Christmas carols and other songs. They’ll be performing their annual Christmas concert Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. with the school band at the high school auditorium. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
November 10, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — The School Committee got a crash course in yet another form of measurement the state is requiring students to be judged by — "Student Growth Percentiles."

According to Superintendent Dale Hanley, the new system tracks individual students' change on the MCAS test over two or more years as compared to same-grade students with the same scores and similar demographics statewide. It's being used alongside the existing MCAS scores and the district's "Adequate Yearly Progress" measurements as a way of judging how good a school system is.

"Those all give us information we need to move forward," Hanley said, specifically referring to various data from the new metric. She claimed her data from West Street and Wells Middle schools so far show "a significant number of students [are] starting to respond to the strategies in those schools."

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