Dear Parent or Guardian:
We are pleased to enclose your school “report card” for the current year. It contains important information about teacher qualifications, student achievement on Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests, and the progress we are making toward helping all students become proficient in English language arts and mathematics. The information in the report card is divided into three parts:
- Part I: Teacher Qualifications
- Part II: Student Achievement
- Part III: School Accountability
Part I provides information about the qualifications of the teachers in your school and district. Part II summarizes how your school’s students scored in English language arts and mathematics in the last two years of MCAS examinations. Part III indicates whether or not your school is on target to meet the goal of all students reaching proficiency in English language arts and mathematics by 2014, a fundamental goal of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). In accordance with NCLB, schools that do not make sufficient progress toward this goal are identified for ‘improvement’, ‘corrective action’, or ‘restructuring’.
These findings are an important part of your right to know how well your school is helping all students to reach proficiency in English language arts and mathematics. Schools receiving federal Title I funds that do not make AYP for two consecutive years must allow parents the opportunity to transfer their child to another school in the district that is performing satisfactorily. Schools that have not made AYP for three years in a row, in addition to offering parents the right to choose a new school, must also offer parents a chance to access supplemental educational services for their children. Supplemental services allow eligible children to be tutored after school or participate in classes aimed at boosting academic achievement in English language arts and mathematics. If your child’s school is impacted by these findings, further information regarding school choice and Supplemental Education Services will be forthcoming prior to the start of the new school year.
We are happy to help you if you have further questions about what this report card means. Please feel free to call the principal for additional assistance.