You can't always trust MCAS scores to be a good judge of schools or teachers. In the two family districts you often have renters who come from overseas on an H1B1 visa to do research at one of our top universities, hospitals or institutions. They bring children with them who do not speak English. Massachusetts requires all children in Public Schools to take the test in English regardless of how much or little of the language they know. So while you may have very bright children that merely speak another language, their elementary and middle school test scores can bring down the MCAS average for the entire school. The very important thing to consider here is that when these same children get into the high school, because of the parents focus on the importance of education, they are often the children bringing UP the MCAS scores.....just something to think about. It's not all about scores - a child's success in school depends a great deal on how much a parent is willing to invest in time to help them be successful!