2013-2014 Match School Results

Dear Friends of Match Education:

We now have our full school results from 2013-14 on AP exams, the SAT, and MCAS.   We also have our final attrition and demographics statistics for the year.

You can read all about our results below, across eight key indicators.

The punchline is that 2013-14 was an extraordinary year.  Our best ever, we think.  As always, the credit goes to our students and educators.  They do amazing things.

I will not cover in this email the work of our graduate school of education to train teachers and school leaders for urban schools, nor will I report on our expanding efforts to share what we are learning with school districts and other stakeholders across the US.  I will be in touch on those results later this year.

On behalf of everyone here, thank you for your support along the way.   Please come by anytime to see our students in action.

All the best,
Stig Leschly
CEO, Match Education 

 

INDICATOR 1: Attrition

In 2013-14, attrition across our schools was 8% from September to September. Our elementary grades had 4% attrition, our middle school grades had 13% attrition, and our high school grades had 8% attrition.

We are proud of these attrition numbers. They are our best ever, and they compare favorably to almost all public schools in Boston.

The graph below compares the attrition rates of every public school in Boston.  "School year attrition" is the percent of students who transfer during the academic year, and "summer attrition" is the percent of students who transfer during the summer.

INDICATOR 2: Demographics

The demographics of our students mirror those of students in Boston district schools.  Our student body is 96% non-white, mainly black (46%) and Hispanic (46%). 16% of our students have special needs, 35% are English language learners, and 78% come from low-income homes.  

INDICATOR 3: Advanced Placement Exams

Our AP results skyrocketed in 2013-14.

Specifically, in 2013-14, 72% of juniors and seniors at Match participated in at least one AP class. And 51% of AP exams administered to our high-school students in 2013-14 resulted in a passing grade (3+).

In Calculus, the results were especially powerful.  40% of our seniors took our AB Calculus course and the related AP exam; 95% of them passed the AP exam.  Match High School had more African-American students pass calculus than any other high school in Massachusetts.

The graph below plots the AP participation and pass rates of all public high schools in Boston, including Boston's three exam high schools.

INDICATOR 4: SAT

Every Match student takes the SAT. Our SAT results have been improving steadily for the past few years, and our students outperformed the national average last year, a milestone that we have long sought.

INDICATOR 5: Elementary MCAS Performance

Our third and fourth graders entered our elementary school as second graders and, as you can see below, are well along towards 100% proficiency on MCAS after just one to two years with us.

85% of our elementary school students are English Language Learners, so we keep a close eye on how their progress compares to that of other ELL students in Boston and MA.  Their performance is remarkable.

INDICATOR 6: MCAS Performance in Middle School & High School 

In our original charter, which admits students in grade six and serves them through grade twelve, our students gain mastery quickly. By tenth grade, nearly 100% achieve proficiency, and many score in the advanced range.

INDICATOR 7: MCAS Student Growth Percentile

Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) measure how students perform on MCAS compared to peers state-wide who have similar prior MCAS results.  For example, a student with an SGP of 50% scored average among students state-wide with a comparable MCAS history.

Our SGP results in 2013-14 were outstanding and placed us among a small group of Boston public schools that powerfully transform student outcomes.

Below, we graph median student SGPs in math and ELA for all district and charter schools in Boston. 

INDICATOR 8: College Success 

For the last decade, we have sent more than 80% of our high school graduates to four-year colleges.   We continue with that tradition, and we now have firm college completion data on our first five cohorts of high school graduates.

From these early cohorts in our high school, 56% of our high school graduates have finished a four-year college. This early data point is similar to the recently reported college-completion results at KIPP, YES Prep, and other national high-performing charter organizations.  And our college results are far ahead of the norm for low-income high school graduates.


Notes and Sources:

Figure 1 - Attrition Boston Public Schools - Match data are computed from internal records from 2013-14.  DESE data on District schools are from 2012-13 since 2013-14 data has not been released.  School year attrition represents the inverse of the school-level stability rates reported on the DESE website (http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/mobilityrates.aspx); summer attrition represents the school-level summer attrition data reported on the DESE website (http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/attrition.aspx).

Figure 2: Student Demographics - All data are from 2013-14 as reported on the district-level Selected Populations report on the DESE website (http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/selectedpopulations.aspx).  Data reported for Match reflect the preK-12 student body.

Figure 3A - Match AP Exam Pass Rate - All data are from the Advanced Placement Performance section of the DESE website (http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/ap.aspx).

Figure 3B - Boston AP Exam Participation & Pass Rate - All AP data are from 2013-14 as reported on the Advanced Placement Performance and Advanced Placement Participation sections of the DESE website (http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/ap.aspx; http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/ap_part.aspx).  The pass rate is computed as the percent of total tests taken that yielded a score of 3-5.  The participation rate is computed as the total number of unique test takers divided by the total number of juniors and seniors enrolled in the school according to the 2013-14 DESE enrollment report (http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/enrollmentbygrade.aspx).  In schools in which sophomores take advanced placement courses, this computation may yield an overestimate of the participation rate.

Figure 4 - Match SAT Performance - Match data are compiled based upon annual College Board reports from 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14.  When a student takes the test multiple times, Match creates a composite score that represents the sum of the student's top score on each of the sections.  The average of Boston non-exam schools is computed based on the 2012-13 results, the most recent data available on the DESE website (http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/sat_perf.aspx).  Non-exam high schools are defined as all high schools in the Boston Public School District except for Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy, and the O'Bryant School of Math and Science.  The national average is based on data listed on the College Board website (http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/scores/averages).  

Figure 5A - Third and Fourth Grade MCAS Results - Based on 2013-14 MCAS data available on the DESE website (http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/mcas.aspx).

Figure 5B - Third and Fourth Grade MCAS Results: English Language Learners - Based on 2013-14 MCAS subgroup data available on the DESE website (http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/mcas.aspx).

Figure 6A - Middle School & High School MCAS Results: Math - Based on 2013-14 MCAS data available on the DESE website (http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/mcas.aspx). Non-exam high schools are defined as all high schools in the Boston Public School District except for Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy, and the O'Bryant School of Math and Science.

Figure 6B - Middle School & High School MCAS Results: ELA - Based on 2013-14 MCAS data available on the DESE website (http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/mcas.aspx). Non-exam high schools are defined as all high schools in the Boston Public School District except for Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy, and the O'Bryant School of Math and Science.

Figure 7 - Boston Student Growth Percentiles - Based on 2013-14 MCAS data available on the DESE website (http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/mcas.aspx).  SGPs are reported on a network-wide basis for Match (which operated two charters in 2013-14) and for the charter schools operated by Edward Brooke and Excel.  Network-wide SGP data from Edward Brooke and Excel Academy are shared here with permission.

Figure 8 - College Success Among High School Graduates - Match data are based on internal tracking of alumni.  National data are based on the following research study: Mortensen, Tom. “Bachelor’s Degree Attainment by Age 24 by Family Income Quartiles, 1970 to 2009.” Accessed at www.postsecondary.org.