November 26, 2012

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to enclose our school “report card”. It contains information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how our school is performing relative to other schools, and the progress our school is making toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.   You can view the report cards for both the school and district by clicking the links below:

Cabot:

http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/reportcard/rc.aspx?linkid=37&orgcode=02070025&fycode=2012&orgtypecode=6&

Newton Public Schools:

http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/reportcard/rc.aspx?linkid=38&orgcode=02070000&fycode=2012&orgtypecode=5&

Paper copies of the 2012 School and District Report Cards can be viewed at the Newton Library and at the Newton Town Hall.
Part I: Student Enrollment and Teacher Qualifications

The first section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state. If your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach
  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver
  • The college degree and major of your child’s teacher
  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications

Part II: Student Achievement

The second section of the report card shows howMassachusettsstudents are performing on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a test that allows you to compare the performance ofMassachusettsstudents to students across the nation or in other states. You can also see how our school performed on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests as compared to the district and the state.

Part III: Accountability

The third section of the report card contains three important pieces of information:

  • Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. Cabot has been placed into Level 1 because both the aggregate and High Needs groups are meeting cumulative Progress and Performance Index (PPI) targets.
  • School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of our school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. Our school percentile is 87. This means that our school is performing higher than 87 percent of the elementary schools in the state.
  • Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping all students reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. Massachusetts has set a goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half between the years 2011 and 2017. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher.

We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Some of the ways you can become involved are:

  • Encouraging your child’s learning at home
  • Attending parent-teacher meetings and other special meetings
  • Serving as a volunteer in our school or district
  • Encouraging other parents to become involved

For more information about what we are doing to improve student achievement or to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact us at 559-9400.

Sincerely,

Mary Lou DiBella