- Students in Brockton’s traditional public schools are performing below average compared to their peers across Massachusetts. For example, in the most recent 2012 MCAS exams, 22 percent of the district’s 4th grade students were proficient or higher in mathematics (compared to the state average of 51 percent) and 28 percent were proficient or higher in English language arts (compared to 57 percent state average). The performance of Brockton’s ELL and low-income students also did not meet the state performance target of 75 or higher on the cumulative Progress and Performance Index. Specifically, low-income students earned 49; ELL students earned 53.
- Overall, Brockton’s students, as well as the different subgroups represented in the district, performed below state average in ELA and mathematics in 2012. Furthermore, overall, student growth percentiles of 52 in ELA and 50 in mathematics indicate that students are not making sufficient progress to close achievement gaps.
- The district’s graduation rates provide additional evidence that a school like the International Charter School of Brockton is needed. The 2011 four-year graduation rate shows that just 69 percent of Brockton students graduated in four years. Even fewer special education and limited English proficient students are completing high school. Limited English proficient students graduate at a 62.3 percent rate; special education students, at a 32.9 percent rate. These statistics show the unfulfilled need of serving ELL and special education students – a challenge the founding board stands ready to meet, using the system we have chosen.
- In the 2012 mathematics MCAS exam, Brockton ranked last, with 36 percent proficiency among the ten comparable districts. In ELA, Brockton ranked 7th among the 10 similar districts, with 49 percent proficiency. Brockton ranked 6th in science, with 29 percent proficiency.
SABIS has operated charter schools in Massachusetts since 1995. The SABIS track-record in Massachusetts is impressive. For example:
Holyoke Community Charter School
This seven-year school has a strong track record for student achievement. While it would be impossible to capture all of its accomplishments, here are some highlights:
- 75% of 8th graders scored Proficient/Advanced on the ELA MCAS in 2012, earning a CPI of 90,
- 73% of Hispanic/Latino students in 8th grade scored Proficient/Advanced on the ELA MCAS in 2012; the state’s Hispanic/Latino students’ Proficient/Advanced score on the 2012 ELA MCAS was 59%
- CPI for 8th Grade Math has gone up from 39.58 in 2007 to 75 in 2012; CPI for 8th Grade ELA has gone up from 69.79 in 2007 to 90 in 2012
- Holyoke Community’s 8th graders were the highest performing 8th graders in the City of Holyoke on MCAS Math and ELA in 2012.
This 18-year school has a strong track record for student achievement in Springfield. This award-winning school has received numerous accomplishments, here are some highlights:
- 50 seniors out of 97 in the class of 2013 earned the John and Abigail Adams Scholarships for MCAS performance.
- 129 graduates of the Class of 2012 earned $11,000,000 in scholarships.
- Between the class of 2011 and 2012, graduates earned $20,000,000 in scholarships, which is a huge economic benefit for families.
- four year graduation rate for 2011 is 91% and dropout for the same period is 0.7%
- 2012 MCAS: 10th grade earned a CPI of 98.6 for ELA and CPI of 95.6 Math.