Student test scores improve in Marblehead

Marblehead High School will begin eliminating College Prep Courses (CP2) begin in the 2023-2024 school year. Photo by Libby O'Neill

Since the beginning of the school year, Marblehead Public Schools student test scores through i-Ready assessments have improved, according to data presented by Superintendent John Buckey to the School Committee Thursday evening.

“One of the things that I’m proud of in the district is our use of i-Ready,” Buckey said.

Buckey said the district has been using the i-Ready testing system for two years.

The data shown was split between three sections: green for mid grade level, above grade level, or early on grade level, yellow for one grade level below, and red for two or more grade levels below.

“You want to grow the green and shrink the pink,” Buckey said.

In the data he presented for reading scores in the fall, 27 percent of students district-wide were mid or above grade level. Now, that percentage is at 46 percent.

For math scores in the fall, 12 percent of students district-wide were mid or above grade level. Now, 30 percent are.

While Buckey showed the district-wide data, principals get building-wide data and teachers get classroom data. Students are then able to receive help in the “areas where they need support.”

The students will also have a “personalized path,” which he said comes from the i-Ready program.

“It’s a robust program, it’s informing our instruction on both ends, students who need support but also opportunities for extension,” Buckey said. “This gives teachers the opportunity to support students who need extra support.”