Monday, September 28, 2015

State Release Summaries: MCAS Results and PARCC Preliminary Results

Over the past few weeks, MA DESE has released several data reports, including MCAS results and preliminary PARCC results.  In 2015, 46% of grade 3-8 students participated in the MCAS assessment, while 54% participated in PARCC.  23% of grade 9 and/or 11 students took the PARCC exam.  Below is a summary of those results:

MCAS Results Highlights:

  • 88% of 2015 10th graders met the state's minimum MCAS requirements for high school graduation on their first attempt (Needs Improvement or higher in ELA, math and science).
  • 91% of 2015 10th graders scored proficient or advanced on the MCAS ELA assessment.
  • 2015 MCAS results show that the state is continuing to narrow the achievement gap between white and African American students, and white and Hispanic/Latino students in ELA and math.
  • Statewide performance improved on the ELA MCAS in all grades in 2015.
  • Statewide performance improved on the math MCAS in grades 3-9 in 2015; the percentage of students performing at the proficient or advanced level in grade 10 showed no change from 2014.
  • Statewide performance on the 2015 science MCAS varied by grade level.

To learn more about statewide 2015 MCAS and PARCC trends, read the Commissioner's weekly update September 25, 2015 and September 21st press release, both available on MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Data in Action Videos

The first on-line videos to support educator use of the ESE's suite of data reporting tools: Edwin Analytics, School and District Profiles, and DART will soon be available on School and District Profiles. Look for the 'Learn More' icon linked from the upper right corner of the following Profiles reports as soon as this Friday:
  • Attrition Statewide Report
  • District Attrition Report Page
  • School Attrition Report Page
  • Accountability Statewide Report
  • District Accountability page
  • School Accountability page
  • District Report Card Overview
  • School Report Card Overview
  • Educator Evaluation Performance Statewide Report
  • District level Educator Evaluation page
  • School level Educator Evaluation Page
DIA Learn More logo
Please remember that if the icon is not visible in the upper right corner of the report, no video is available. Following the release to Profiles, the 'Learn More' icon should start appearing in Edwin Analytics in the next month.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information. To submit questions, please use the EOE IT web form.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

MA Assessment Data Release Updates

The public release of MCAS and growth data will occur Friday, September 25th. Additional data, including PARCC results, will be released by the following schedule:

  • Mid-Fall: 
    • Preliminary PARCC results posted electronically for superintendents and principals
  • Late Fall:
    • Preliminary 2015 accountability data for all schools, including accountability and assistance levels, 2012-2015 PPI data posted electronically for superintendents and principals
    • Official PARCC results posted electronically for superintendents and principals
    • Official embargoed 2015 accountability data, including accountability and assistance levels, 2012-2015 PPI data, commendation designations, provided electronically to superintendents and principals
    • Official district and school PARCC results released to the public
To learn more about MA DESE's data release schedule, visit:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

What's new in Edwin?

Edwin is always being updated with new reports, new features, or new data.  Here's what's new this month...

  • Current (SY 2015-16) EWIS data is now available in the following Early Warning Indicator reports: EW301, EW302, and EW601
  • SIMS cube updated with end of year (June 2015) data
  • New field for "economically disadvantaged" added to Finance cube

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

EWIS Training Opportunity

The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is providing a free, online training for the Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS), as part of a series of webinars offered by the College and Career Readiness team.  This first webinar, held next week, will provide a basic introduction to EWIS and Post-Secondary reports in Edwin.

EWIS reports training will be offered September 15th, 3-4pm.

Registration can be found at the following link:

Please direct questions to Nyah Fuentes: 781-338-3593

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Free Online PD Offered for Level 3 Schools

The Massachusetts Focus Academy (MFA) is offering free, online, graduate credit (3 credits) courses to Level 3 educators this semester.  Applications will be accepted from teams (2-6 educators) from Level 3 districts and schools.

Registration closes: September 23, 2015
Courses begin the week of October 5th

Courses offered this semester include:

  • Creating and Sustaining Positive School-Wide Learning Environments
  • Assessment of Students with Disabilities who are ELLs
  • Collaborative Co-teaching: Meeting the Needs of All Students
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Partnering with Families of Middle and High School Students with Disabilities
  • Partnering with Families of Preschool and Elementary School Students with Disabilities
  • Universal Design for Learning: Student Affect and Engagement
  • Universal Design for Learning: Addressing Learner Variability
  • Universal Design for Learning: Addressing Learner Variability in Mathematics Instruction

Application information, as well as course descriptions and syllabi, can be found at:

Please email any questions to

MFA is part of a statewide professional development system designed to improve the outcomes for students while increasing the retention and knowledge of highly skilled educators.