LEICESTER, Mass. — Leicester schools saw gains in MCAS results across the board, Superintendent Paul Soojian reported at Tuesday night's School Committee meeting.
Leicester's spring MCAS scores were initially released in September, showing strong improvements in each school. MCAS ratings that track progress and performance along a scale of one through five, with one being the highest, show that Leicester schools received either a one or a two.
Furthermore, 30 students this year received the Abigail and John Adams Scholarship for proficiency in MCAS scoring, the best of a strong class of test takers for Leicester schools.
“We have a good product, we do very well,” said Superintendent Paul Soojian. “And that is a testament to our teachers, our administrators, all the people who support the school and most importantly our students.”
Leicester saw a higher percentage of either proficient or excellent ratings in mathematics, English and language arts, and science and technology for all grades with high ratings in the 10th grade.
In mathematics, 85 percent of Leicester 10th-graders scored in the top two categories of advanced or proficient (7 percent better than state average). In English and language arts that percentage was 92 percent (4 percent higher than state) and in science and technology that percentage was 82 percent (13 percent better).
Overall in 2012, 100 percent of Leicester 10th-grade students passed the English and language arts portion of the exam, while 99 percent passed the mathematics portion and 97 percent passing the science portion. Each student scored higher that the state numbers, which were 97, 93 and 94 percent respectively.
“This is based on a lot of hard work by a lot of individuals and again it speaks well of our kids,” said Soojian. “They put in the effort, they work hard at this and at 10th grade they perform extremely well and they continue to improve year after year”
School Committee Chair Scott Broskey said that in the past three years, "even with the budget constraints and everything that has been going on — through the commitments of the teachers and the administrators and everyone else — the scores just keep going higher and higher, and this to me is amazing."