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644 Pleasant Street | Belmont, MA 02478
phone: 617 - 993 - 5400

Elementary and Secondary Education Act

We are pleased to present our district and school “report cards.” These report cards contain information required by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) about our district and schools, including: student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, the progress our district and schools are making toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.

Part I: Student Enrollment and Teacher Qualifications

The first section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our district as compared to 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

In Belmont, the Butler and Wellington Elementary Schools receive federal Title I funds.

Part II: Student Achievement

The second section of the report card shows how Massachusetts students are performing on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a test that allows you to compare the performance of Massachusetts students to students across the nation or in other states. You can also see how our district performed on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests as compared to 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. Our district’s placement is Level 1, because all of the schools are Level 1, meaning that all schools are meeting their performance targets.  
  • School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of each school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. The percentiles for our six schools are as follows:
School School Percentile
Burbank Elementary School 98
Butler Elementary School 93
Wellington Elementary School 90
Winn Brook Elementary School 96
Chenery Middle School 97
Belmont High School 97
  • 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. Here is the 2013 summary for each school and the district:
School Cumulative PPI
Burbank Elementary School All students 100
Butler Elementary School All students 80
Wellington Elementary School All students 93
Winn Brook Elementary School All students 100
Chenery Middle School All students 100
Subgroups 75
Belmont High School All students 100
Subgroups 97
 District All students 99
Subgroups 73

One of the provisions of the new accountability system is a requirement that a percentage of Title I funding be used to target the areas of greatest need. We continue to use Title I funds to run an after school program in math to provide additional support to the lowest achieving students at the middle school. In addition, we will use Title I funds to provide high quality professional development in the spring of 2014 to support math instruction for teachers of Kindergarten through grade 8. This professional development supports our focus on math and the implementation of the new math program for all students in grades K to 5. In addition, we are completing the work of aligning curricula to state standards, and we annually analyze all subgroup and individual student data to determine appropriate interventions, and adjust instruction to better meet the needs of all students.

We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our schools and district. 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

School report cards are available in all school offices, the Superintendent’s office, the Town Clerk’s office, and the Belmont Public Library. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Janice Darias, Assistant Superintendent, at (617) 993-5410

Report of 2013 Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives for English Language Learners in the Belmont Public Schools

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