TMHS leads district, while Wynn has top accountability score
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released 2023 MCAS results today. Overall, Massachusetts students are still struggling academically.
In Tewksbury, TMHS students are above the state average in all subjects, doing particularly well in English Language Arts (ELA). In grades 4, 6 and 7, just slightly over one-third of our students are meeting or exceeding expectations, meaning about 66% of students are below proficiency in ELA and math.
Tewksbury students with disabilities are faring poorly, based on a report for Special Education students’ scores. Performance and growth in literacy and math of these students at the Ryan are ranked in the bottom 38% of elementary schools, while the Center Elementary is in the 30th percentile.
Residents can access a full district profile here.
The charts below compare Tewksbury’s performance to the state average, measured across grades 3 – 8. Covid affected all students across the state. However, in 2019 and 2021, Tewksbury was 10 points above the state average in ELA and five to six points above in math. Currently, that delta is four points in ELA and just two points for math, only slightly above the state average. State averages also indicate a slight rebound from Covid-related declines, but Tewksbury’s scores do not track that uptick.
In addition, Massachusetts public schools receive accountability reports that include information on each district and school’s performance against improvement targets, expressed as a number between 1 and 99, as well as information about each school’s overall performance compared with other schools in the state. Tewksbury is seen as making substantial progress toward targets.
The Wynn is the top performer with 67 out of 100. This is the first year the Center Elementary is in operation, replacing the North St. and Trahan. The district is level with 2019 overall.
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The state also publishes a compendium of teacher salaries.
Tewksbury educators average $86,532; the schools employ 252 full-time staff. For comparison, Wilmington pays $87,160, Chelmsford $82,957, and Lowell $80,950. Billerica is at $96,126 with 366 FTEs. Of note, Billerica’s Frederick J Dutile K-4 school earned a 74 accountability percentile, earning it kudos for demonstrating high achievement or strong growth under the state’s accountability system.
Complete Tewksbury scores:
Shawsheen Tech lags behind TMHS except in science and technology/engineering.