Each year the Lincoln School receives a “report card” from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The 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.
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) test and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
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 1 and was recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a Commendation School for making High Progress.
- 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 87. This means that our school is performing higher than eighty-six percent of the 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 all students 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 implementing the following:
- Provide staff with ongoing professional development in literacy, math and science inquiry.
- Analyze school and student data along with teachers to support classroom instruction.
- Continue to support literacy, math and science instruction in grades K-5
- Increase use of nonfiction text and writing.
- Implement a tiered system of supports to meet students’ academic and behavioral needs.
For more information about the district report card please use this link: http://melroseschools.com/administration/district-dashboard/, you may also view the attached Lincoln report card.