State gives Hopkinton Public Schools high marks

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Hopkinton schools met or exceeded target goals at all educational levels, according to a report card recently released by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

That designation was the sixth of seven possible achievement levels for Massachusetts schools. Only one is higher: school of recognition.

The report card includes multiple measures of a school’s performance, more than just MCAS scores, said Jennifer Parson, assistant superintendent for Hopkinton schools.

This report “represents a new way of looking at school performance” by providing information on a variety of topics, including student information, teacher qualifications and student learning opportunities, among others, she said.

The report card underscores that “Hopkinton has consistently demonstrated excellent results in areas that reflect teaching and learning, such as student growth and performance,” she said.

DESE did not administer spring MCAS for the 2019-20 school year because of cancellation of state assessments and school closures related to COVID-19. The results listed below are based on 2019 information.

Here is a sampling of the results:

The graduation rate for Hopkinton High School was 98.3 percent, compared to a statewide average of 88 percent.

More than 88 percent of graduates go on to attend college, compared to 72 percent in the state.

In measuring English language arts achievements in Grades 3-8, 58 percent of students met expectations, 22 percent exceeded expectations, 17 percent partially met expectations and 3 percent did not meet expectations.

On the state level, 42 percent met expectations, 10 percent exceeded expectations, 37 percent partially met expectations and 11 percent did not meet expectations.

In math achievement for Grades 3-8, 52 percent met expectations, 27 percent exceeded expectations, 19 percent partially met expectations and 2 percent did not meet expectations.

On the state level, 40 percent met expectations, 9 percent exceeded expectations, 39 percent partially met expectations and 12 percent did not meet expectations.

For English language arts in Grade 10 in Hopkinton, 61 percent met expectations, 24 percent exceeded expectations, 15 percent partially met expectations and no students failed to meet expectations.

On the state level, 48 percent met expectations, 13 percent exceeded expectations, 31 percent partially met expectations, and 8 percent did not meet expectations.

In a category often cited by school officials when discussing Hopkinton education, the spending per pupil in Hopkinton is markedly lower than the state overall average.

Hopkinton spends $14,572 per pupil, according to the DESE figures, which is more than $2,000 less than the state average of $16,588.

The information in the report can help shine a light on the overall school performance, Parson said.

“Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our schools,” she said. “Families can use the information to have meaningful conversations with us about what the school is doing well and where there is room for improvement.”

Because the district monitors its progress closely, Parson said there are few surprises in this report card.

Areas such as student demographics, attendance data, percentage of students moving on to college, and MCAS performance, among others, “are all areas that are embedded in our daily work,” she said.

To view the entire report card, visit reportcards.doe.mass.edu.

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