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West suburban schools fare well on Science MCAS

Posted by Ralph Ranalli September 24, 2008 09:29 AM

Four high schools in Boston's western suburbs had a 100 percent pass rate for 10th graders who took the MCAS science exam, according to statistics released today by the state Department of Education.

Passing one of the four MCAS science tests -- biology, physics, chemistry, or engineering -- is now a requirement for graduation in Massachusetts. The Globe reported last week that the percentage of sophomores who passed the MCAS exam on the first try this year declined for the first time because thousands of students failed the science section.

In general, however, schools in the Globe West area appeared to fare well in science. At Dover-Sherborn, Hopkinton, Maynard, and Medfield high schools, 100 percent of the 10th graders who took the test achieved passing scores of "advanced," "proficient," or "needs improvement."

Holliston, Millis, Needham, Newton South, Wayland, Westborough and Weston high schools had 99 percent of their students who took the tests achieve one of the three passing scores. Newton North, Medway, Nashoba Regional, Algonquin Regional, and Shrewsbury high schools each had 98 percent of their 10th graders achieve passing scores.

The schools in the Globe West area with the highest failure rates were the Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School in Framingham, with 80 percent of students who took the test achieving passing scores, and Waltham High School, with 84 percent.

The statewide pass rate for 10th graders was 88 percent.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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