HOLDEN, Mass. — The Wachusett Regional School District performed above state average at each grade level on the MCAS tests, according to results released Wednesday by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
In English Language Arts, 84 percent of students in all grades scored above proficient in comparison to 69 percent statewide, with 28 percent scoring advanced compared to 19 percent across the state. In Wachusett, 56 percent scored proficient compared to 50 percent statewide.
In science and engineering, the district's students scored 78 percent proficient or higher, compared to 61 percent in the state.
In all grades, 74 percent scored above proficient in math compared to 59 percent statewide. In Wachusett, 37 percent had advanced math scores while state-wide 27 percent did, and 37 percent scored proficient n Wachusett compared to the state's 32 percent.
At the high school, the number of advanced students in the district improved in both Grade 10 English Language Arts and mathematics, with 55 percent scoring advanced in ELA over 49 percent in 2011, and 68 percent scoring advanced in math over 64 in 2011.
For Grade 10 ELA, 39 percent of students were proficient, 5 percent needed improvement and 1 percent failed. In math, 21 percent scored proficient, 8 percent needed improvement and 3 percent failed.
Grade 10 science and engineering scores were strong, with Wachusett students scoring 82 percent proficient or higher compared to the state's 69 percent. Thirty-six percent scored advanced, 46 percent were proficient, 17 percent needed improvement and 1 percent needed improvement in the district.
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. A student who takes the MCAS scores in one of four levels: advanced, proficient, needs improvement and failing.