AUBURN, Mass. - Auburn students are yet again ahead of the state, according to 2012 MCAS results released Wednesday by the Department of Education.
The greatest disparity between state-wide success and Auburn’s scores came in Grade 3 math, where 82 percent of Auburn third-graders scored Proficient or Advanced, compared to 61 percent of students statewide.
The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) is designed to meet the requirements of the Education Reform Law of 1993. Students are tested annually and must pass the Grade 10 tests in English Language Arts, math and one of the four high school science and engineering/technology tests to receive their diploma.
In Grade 10, an impressive 91 percent of students scored Proficient or higher in English Language Arts, compared to 88 percent across Massachusetts. In math, 89 percent of Auburn tenth-graders scored Proficient or higher, compared to 78 percent statewide. The Auburn tenth-grade math scores jumped up 10 points from last year.
And in science, 87 percent of Auburn tenth-graders scored Proficient or higher, compared to 69 percent across the state. The Auburn tenth-grade science scores went up 11 points from 2011.
Throughout the district, scores beat the state curve, as 75 percent of Auburn students scored Proficient or Advanced in English Language Arts (compared to 69 percent in Mass.) and 67 percent achieved the same success in math (59 percent statewide).
A student who takes the MCAS scores in one of four levels: advanced (above proficient in Grade 3), proficient, needs improvement and failing.