The MDESE has released preliminary results for the spring 2015 MCAS and PARCC, however the data is not yet available at the district, school or student level. What data has been released by the MDESE reveals an overall trend that MCAS performance appears to be higher than PARCC. More information can be found on the MDESE website in a September 21st press release titled, "State Releases Statewide MCAS Results and Preliminary MCAS Results: MCAS improve in most areas, preliminary PARCC results highlight challenges".
The chart below illustrates some of the preliminary statewide PARCC data for computer-based testing from the spring 2015 assessment. Please note that our JGMS students took the computer-based PARCC test. The MDESE summarized the results, "The preliminary PARCC results showed that in most grades, students who took PARCC math and English language arts tests on a computer were less likely to score in the "meeting expectations" range than MCAS students were to score Proficient or above. In other words, student achievement on PARCC for those who took the test on a computer appears to have been lower than for students who took MCAS. The exception was in grade 4, where the percent of students who scored in the 'meeting expectations' range on a computerized PARCC test and the percent of students who scored Proficient or above on MCAS were virtually the same."
• Level 1: Did not yet meet expectations
• Level 2: Partially met expectations
• Level 3: Approached expectations
• Level 4: Met expectations
• Level 5: Exceeded expectations
The state offers the following resource to help parents and community members understand when test results will become available at the school and student levels for the PARCC test administered in the spring of 2015.
Below is an example score report from PARCC.