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Brackett Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded

 
 

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Posted August 13, 2013

Some of you crunchies may think test scores are either useless or meaningless, reality of life is that what makes the world go round. Like bashing someone in Harvard that got a perfect SAT score and bashing Harvard for not seeing the whole picture. My neighbor's kid got a perfect MCAS test score and got a perfect Math SAT score. He now is just finishing his 4 years in a school in NH with 90% academic scholarship. Can't argue with reality. Also, homes in Brackett sell on average for 20% more than other districts for the same sized house.


Posted March 29, 2012

It's all about the MCAS at Brackett. The kindergarteners and first graders race through a dizzying number of work centers under a false presumption that this how children of age 5 and 6 learn. This despite countless studies that show that children at these young ages learn thru play and develop reading skills at their own pace. To see them so pushed is really sad. The teacher student ratio is high and apparently may get only worse. To advertise themselves as offering a true half day kindergarten is disingenuous at best. The way the half day is structured is such that nearly no one chooses it. It is not a real option but it could be,...the full day kindergarten is $3k. Yes, $3k. A mean spiritedness pervades a couple of the grade levels and while that may happen anywhere it doesn't help that the kids are not well monitored outside. The school administration and principal seem ok but I have not had much interaction so have not much input there. The school building is relatively new and well situated as it is across from Robbins Park. This may be the best aspect of the school. Just remember that MCAS scores do not tell a whole story. We will not be back next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2006

Brackett is an excellent school. Our son has learned alot here and made many good friends, while receiving academically strong and creative learning opportunities. The parents are very involved with PTO and enrichment activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2004

The Brackett school is the class of Arlington. If you want your child to get the best education in Arlington. Send him/her to the Brackett. The educators there are the best I have ever dealt with. The new Principal is a bit strange but that might be because she's new to the job. The parents are very hands on helping to run quite a few programs. That were cut due to the lack of funds.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 53% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students89%
Female91%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students91%
Female88%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students81%
Female88%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students79%
Female74%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students93%
Female97%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students86%
Female91%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students90%
Female94%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hispanic 5% 16%
Black 2% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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66 Eastern Ave
Arlington, MA 02476
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