An Act relative to student assessment data

Most communities in the state have a cap of 9% on the amount of tuition that can be sent to charter schools.  However, communities in the bottom 10% of MCAS scores have an 18% cap.  This legislation would determine the lowest 10% of communities, for the purposes of lifting the cap, using the measure of student growth rather than static measures.
MCAS scores are highly correlated with socio-economic status.  Districts which rank lowest on MCAS have the highest poverty levels, and this is extremely unlikely to change.  School effectiveness, however, can change. MCAS scores are a limited and often misused measure of school effectiveness.  But if we are going to use them to measure effectiveness, we should use student growth rather than a static measure.  Schools should be judged not by the student body they serve, but by how well they educate the students.