Annual Report Cards for Bedford Public Schools

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

13 February 2019

Dear Families and Community Members:

Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the district’s report card is designed to show families how our district is doing in different areas. A link to our district’s report card is available at http://reportcards.doe.mass.edu/2018/DistrictReportcard/00230000 .

The report card includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance, by providing information on student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more.  We appreciate this somewhat more expansive view, and we hope that more categories will be included in the future.  In the meantime, we take issue with one of the new ‘student learning opportunities’ criteria that we believe gives a skewed impression of our advanced course offerings.   We purposefully do not offer Advanced Placement History courses because we believe that they do not afford our students the opportunity for deep and extensive research that our equally rigorous High Honor courses do.  Our AP numbers are therefore lower than the state average. 

Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our school. Families can use the information to have meaningful conversations with us about what the school is doing well and where there is room for improvement. Community and education leaders can use the information to better understand how to support students and our school.

You will notice on our report card that we are meeting or exceeding targets for many but not all accountability measures. We continue working to raise the achievement and growth of all students.  To improve student performance in our school, we are focusing on improved literacy instruction across all grades and subject areas. We are also working to support all students to become independent critical readers, thinkers, and problem solvers as well as active and engaged citizens. These competencies go well beyond standardized testing, yet the testing helps us to see how we are doing in several of these important areas. We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our schools.  We see parents as critical partners in the success of our students and school, and we are grateful for your continued support.

Finally, if your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach,
  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver,
  • The college degree and major of your child’s teacher, and
  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

We use Title I funding at Lane, JGMS and BHS. If you have questions about our school’s report card, would like to become involved in school improvement activities, or would like to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher, please contact Mary Lou Sallee, Assistant Superintendent. To see our district’s report card or to search for other schools’ report cards, visit reportcards.doe.mass.edu

Davis School 2018 Report Card

Lane School 2018 Report Card

JGMS 2018 Report Card

BHS 2018 Report Card

View Previous Complete Reports:
2017 ESSA Report


8th Annual NCLB Report Card for Bedford Public Schools:
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6th Annual NCLB Report Card for Bedford Public Schools: