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2012 MCAS Results for the Stoughton Public Schools

State releases spring 2012 MCAS scores. See how Stoughton fared on the test in grades 3-10.

With the Spring 2012 MCAS scores for Massachusetts’ public schools being announced last week, the scores for the Stoughton Public Schools were discussed at the Sept. 26 Stoughton School Committee meeting.

The test is administered in grades 3-8 and in grade 10.

Third, fourth, sixth and seventh graders were tested in reading/English Language Arts and in mathematics. Fifth, eighth and tenth graders were tested in those two subjects, as well as in science and technology/engineering.

The MCAS test is scored at the advanced level, proficient level, needs improvement level and warning/failing level.

Stoughton's results by grade and school are posted below (results from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Boston Globe). 

Deputy Superintendent of Schools Jonathan Ford said individual student reports will be mailed October 5.

3rd Grade


% Advanced % Proficient % Needs
Improv. % Warning/
Failing Students
tested English Stoughton 15 48 29 7 295   State 15 46 30 9 70,709 Dawe 13 54 28 6 69 Gibbons 17 47 26 9 76 Hansen 23 58 17 2 48 South 18 43 35 5 40 West 8 38 40 13 52

% Advanced
% Proficient
% Needs Improv.
% Warning/ Failing
Students Tested Math Stoughton 25 35 25 15 296   State 27 34 25 14 70,763 Dawe 16 46 32 6 69 Gibbons 29 26 24 21 76 Hansen 31 46 13 10 48 South 38 33 23 8 40 West 15 31 29 25 52

4th Grade 


% Advanced % Proficient % Needs
Improv. % Warning/
Failing Students
tested English Stoughton 12 38 35 15 305   State 13 44 30 14 70,264 Dawe 25 44 25 6 52 Gibbons 19 36 27 18 73 Hansen 7 55 29 9 58 South 12 48 29 12 42 West 0 21 58 21 67 % Advanced % Proficient % Needs Improv. % Warning/ Failing Students Tested Math Stoughton 14 35 39 11 305   State 16 35 36 12 70,425 Dawe 21 36 40 4 53 Gibbons 14 42 26 18 73 Hansen 17 41 34 7 58 South 21 40 31 7 42 West 6 24 61 9 67

5th Grade 


% Advanced % Proficient % Needs
Improv. % Warning/
Failing Students
tested English Stoughton 19 49 24 8 328   State 17 44 28 11 71,423 Dawe 16 67 11 7 76 Hansen 47 29 22 2 45 South 13 62 17 8 60 West 8 47 40 6 53 % Advanced % Proficient % Needs Improv. % Warning/ Failing Students Tested Math Stoughton 29 32 26 12 329   State 25 32 26 17 71,484 Dawe 32 26 34 8 76 Hansen 43 26 24 7 46 South 33 35 25 7 60 West 19 32 34 15 53 % Advanced % Proficient % Needs Improv. % Warning/ Failing Students Tested Science & Tech/Eng Stoughton 17 40 32 10 329   State 22 30 34 14 71,373 Dawe 11 49 34 7 76 Hansen 26 37 35 2 46 South 23 47 23 7 60 West 11 34 45 9 53

6th Grade 

Subject % Advanced % Proficient % Needs
Improv. % Warning/
Failing Students
tested English Stoughton 12 59 21 8 298   State 18 48 22 11 71,589 Math Stoughton 26 36 29 8 299   State 27 33 24 16 71,640

7th Grade 

Subject % Advanced % Proficient % Needs
Improv. % Warning/
Failing Students
tested English Stoughton 8 66 21 5 301   State 15 56 21 7 71,749 Math Stoughton 22 29 35 14 299   State 20 31 30 18 71,952

8th Grade 

Subject % Advanced % Proficient % Needs
Improv. % Warning/
Failing Students
tested English Stoughton 13 70 13 4 300   State 18 63 14 6 72,756 Math Stoughton 26 33 25 16 299   State 22 30 28 19 72,705 Science & Tech/Eng Stoughton 7 46 35 12 299   State 5 38 38 20 72,535

10th Grade 

Subject % Advanced % Proficient % Needs
Improv. % Warning/
Failing Students
tested English Stoughton 41 49 6 5 222   State 37 51 9 3 69,059 Math Stoughton 48 30 14 8 223   State 50 28 15 7 69,015 Science & Tech/Eng Stoughton 27 48 22 3 226   State 24 45 25 6 67,556

All grades combined

Subject % Advanced % Proficient % Needs
Improv. % Warning/
Failing Students
tested English Stoughton 16 54 22 8 2,049   State 19 50 22 9 497,549 Math Stoughton 27 33 28 12 2,050   State 27 32 26 15 497,984 Science & Tech/Eng Stoughton 16 44 31 9 854   State 17 37 32 13 211,464



Dale F. Appel September 27, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Why are the West School students consistently under-performing compared to the other Stoughton elementary school students? If I had children attending the West School, I'd be very disturbed.
mom2qts September 27, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I feel that the problem with the West School's MCAS is, the West School is where Stoughton places all the English as a Second Language students. With such a large population of students who are just learning English, I can see why the scores are as such.
Sarah September 28, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Students from low income families tend to do more poorly on the MCAS and the West has a higher percentage of these students than the other schools in town. The achievement gap between low income and middle/higher income students is a problem in many, many places. Its cannot all be blamed on language differences. If you want to look at more of the details of the scores, they can be found here: http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/mcas/subgroups2.aspx?linkid=25&orgcode=02850020&fycode=2012&orgtypecode=6&

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