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John W. Mcdevitt Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 519 students

 
 

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Posted July 15, 2013

I honestly had a terrible time at mcdevitt because of strict unorginized teachers who make it hard to learn anything and bullies that annoying the living heck out of you and that destroy your social life and not to mention that none of the teacher do anything to stop the bullying,if you are looking to have a unproductive 3 years of your life go to mcdevitt middle school.


Posted April 17, 2011

The faculty I've encountered are enthusiastic and child-focused. they are very willing to take extra time to help a child. Staff are supportive and work very hard to help kids adjust and not feel left out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

im a student at McDevitt middle school and i think it's one of the best schools in waltham it's a very welcoming place to go to school and it is also very clean.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2009

I'm a student at McDevitt, and it's one of the best schools ever. You learn so much while having fun with friends. You would have to be living under a rock if you ever said you didn't like it there. That place builds character in everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2008

This School is one of walthams worst, the staff is rude...They are unwilling to help chrildren with promblems....They do not keep the chrildren safe. This is not a school Waltham can be proud of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

The office staff is very rude and the teachers and administration staff are unwilling to make any extra effort to help children or parents.
—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 67% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
55%
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 71% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
48%
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 78% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
33%
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 Students78%
Female83%
Male74%
African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students61%
Female63%
Male61%
African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities23%
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 Students73%
Female81%
Male65%
African American85%
Asian64%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students40%
Female43%
Male37%
African American38%
Asian73%
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities8%
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 Students77%
Female84%
Male69%
African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students49%
Female51%
Male48%
African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students30%
Female28%
Male32%
African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities9%
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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24%
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50%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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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 44% 67%
Hispanic 40% 16%
Black 8% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Two or more races 2% 3%
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 47%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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75 Church St
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: (781) 314-5595

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