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MCAS Results Show Growth and Achievement

School Committee Impressed By Continuous Improvement – October 24, 2023

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the 2023 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) results on September 19th. As educators across the state review their results, some districts, including Blackstone Valley Tech, have students performing well above state averages.

Our Academic Curriculum Coordinator, Mr. Edward Evans, updated our District School Committee with a summary of the MCAS results during its October 12th meeting. The recent data reflects the scores of our current juniors (the Class of 2025), who took the MCAS exam as sophomores. The results showed continuous growth and achievement.

Eighty percent of students in English Language Arts were in the Exceeding or Meeting Expectations category. In Mathematics, 62 percent of students were in the Exceeding or Meeting Expectations category. In Science (Biology and Physics combined), 70 percent of students were in the Exceeding or Meeting Expectations category. All were well above the reported state averages.

After examining the MCAS data and reflecting on the results, Mr. Evans credits the continuous improvements to the hard-working students and dedicated teachers. "We strive to keep our students engaged and focused on learning," said Mr. Evans. "We put in the effort and recognize a contributing factor to the student achievement is the MCAS Boot Camps that BVT offers to help students prepare.”

Mr. Evans said, "After looking at the historical comparative data for this class between its 8th and 10th grade, MCAS results showed the highest class achievement and a growth percentile well above the state average. To have such positive outcomes is very rewarding."

The School Committee was impressed with our students' continuous improvement.