January 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I am pleased to announce that the West Bridgewater district and school “report cards” are available for your review. The report card contains important information about student enrollment, teacher qualifications, student assessments, and the progress our schools are making towards narrowing the proficiency gap for different subgroups of students. The 100-point Progress and Performance Index (PPI), a measure of the extent to which all students in a district school or subgroup are progressing toward proficiency, will gauge progress toward this goal.

All districts and schools in the Commonwealth, including charter schools, are classified into one of five accountability and assistance levels with 1 being the highest and 5 being the lowest. As you are aware, last year West Bridgewater students sat for the PARCC test in lieu of the MCAS test. One of the stipulations of this change was that the district would be held “harmless” in regards to our accountability and assistance level. Therefore, West Bridgewater has remained in level 2 for the 2015-2016 school year.

Although the PARCC test is a different measuring stick than the MCAS, which includes rigorous and challenging questions designed to measure critical thinking, writing, and multi-step problem solving. I am happy to report that district results revealed that West Bridgewater still scored above the state in both ELA and mathematics.

The administration and faculty at all schools have analyzed the 2015 PARCC assessment data and have implemented action plans to address specific areas of need, such as implementing a new elementary math program, offering parent math nights, increasing the number of tutors, targeting instruction, and the re-design of Title I services.

To view the entire report card, please go towww.wbridgewaterschools.org under the report card. Hard copies are also available at the Superintendent’s office and at each school.

We are happy to help you if you have further questions about how to interpret these report cards, and we encourage you to become involved in our continued quest to increase student achievement by joining the strategic planning committee, a school council, or by simply volunteering in your school. Please feel free to call any of the Principals or me directly if you need additional information.

Sincerely yours,

Patricia W. Oakley, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools