With greater emphasis on developing more rigorous coursework and building critical-thinking skills, Boston is celebrating 10th grade ELA gains; perhaps most exciting about the results is the narrowing of the achievement gap, as proficiency scores show African American and Latino students achieving their highest gains in years.
The ELA proficiency rates for all 10th-grade BPS students climbed by 6 points from last year to 82 percent, part of a promising 18-percentage point increase since 2009 that has brought BPS within 9 percentage points of the 91 percent statewide results.
The proficiency rates of African American students in BPS 10th-grade ELA rose 8 percentage points over last year’s scores – the largest increase since 2012 – and 22 points overall during the past seven years. The scores of Latino students, meanwhile, shot up by 7 points this year and 18 points during that same seven-year span. These improvements have helped shrink the achievement gap in 10th grade for MCAS ELA by approximately 8 percentage points.
“The strong focus on improving the rigor of English language instruction in the classroom is paying dividends in our schools, particularly among our African American and Latino students,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “We will not be satisfied until we have closed the achievement gap, and all students are able to achieve equally in all subjects, regardless of their background.”