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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.” Report cards answer important questions about the district’s and each school's overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.

In these reports you will find the following important information about our district and each school:

Student Enrollment and Teacher Quality

This 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

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

Student Assessment on MCAS and Other Tests

This section of the report shows how our students are performing on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests as compared to the district and the state.

School and District Accountability Information

This section of the report 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 gap-narrowing goals.  
  • 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. The percentiles for our six schools are as follows:
School School Percentile
Burbank Elementary School 96
Butler Elementary School 91
Wellington Elementary School 86
Winn Brook Elementary School 96
Chenery Middle School 98
Belmont High School 95
  • 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 2014 summary for each school and the district:
School Cumulative PPI
Burbank Elementary School All students 100
Butler Elementary School All students 78
Wellington Elementary School All students 85
Winn Brook Elementary School All students 100
Chenery Middle School All students 100
Subgroups 87
Belmont High School All students 96
Subgroups 79
 District All students 99
Subgroups 74
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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