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Codman Academy, an EL Mentor School, returns strong results on MCAS

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    Ben Smith

The results of the 2011 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests are in, and Codman Academy made some extraordinary gains. The Student Growth Percentile (SGP) aspect of the MCAS scores measures how much difference it makes that a student attended a particular school, and whether a school "adds value" regardless of where the student is academically upon arrival by lottery. This year, Codman's math SGP of 82 places them tied for 5th in the state, and their ELA SGP of 78 places them third in the state.

Codman Academy's combined SGP of 160 is the highest SGP of any school district in the state of Massachusetts. Codman's story of achievement contrasts the bleak assessment in The Boston Globe, which asserts that Massachusetts schools, as a whole, are "making slow progress narrowing the gap between low-income and middle-class kids." (Boston Globe, 9/25/2011, "MCAS scores appear stuck in income gap.")

Congratulations to the students and teachers of Codman Academy.

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