A presentation at Tuesday night's school committee showed that while this year's MCAS scores were well above state averages, students are still underperforming with science, technology, and engineering, according to the Sun Chronicle.
Eighth graders in particular scored low in science, technology, and engineering, with on two percent advanced, 35 percent proficient, 52 percent needs improvement, and 12 percent failing. Because state MCAS scores were only a few point higher, Superintendent Brenda Hodges said succeeding in science-related fields is a statewide problem.
High School Science Chairwoman Janet Hogan explained that schools don't have access to the questions students struggled on, making it difficult to adjust the curriculum. Measures to improve scores will include the school district expanded its "Science Night" program that reviews topics from sixth, seventh, and eight grades, and giving students a portfolio of the work from grade to grade to help them recall information. The District has also received a $10,000 worth of science equipment from the Mansfield Educationl Foundation.