Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts
What does this measure?
The percentage of students considered proficient on of the state's 10th grade English Language Arts test, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).
Why is this important?
Students must pass the 10th grade MCAS math and English tests in order to graduate high school. Mastery of communication skills, including reading, writing, speaking and listening, is critical for success at college and in the workplace.
How is our county doing?
In 2016, 89% of 10th graders passed the state's language arts exam, up from 67% in 2006 and similar to the state 2016 passing rate of 91%. In most districts, more than 90% of students passed the test. Passing rates were lowest in Lawrence (72%) and Lynn (79%).
Disparities were less pronounced than in some areas -with passing rates in 2016 of 81% for economically disadvantaged students and 79% for both Hispanic and African American students. In addition, passing rates rose 50 percentage points for African American students and 47 points for Hispanic students from 2006 rates.
How do we compare to similar counties?
Essex County's passing rate was a bit below the 94% passing rate of Middlesex, MA, which rose from 76% in 2006.
Notes about the data
As assessments vary among states, it is not possible to include comparable data for the nation or other areas in this indicator. Results for economically disadvantaged students were not available prior to 2015 due to a change in how the state defines that category of students.