The 2013 MCAS results are out and Newton's students performed well above the state average, with students scoring best in math.
More than half the students at most grade levels placed in the Advanced category for math, with 76 percent Advanced at 10th grade. Newton students did not fare as well on the English test, where all grades were below 50 percent advanced except for 10th grade (70 percent advanced).
The Warning category (or Failing in 10th grade) is the lowest level. Newton saw less than 10 percent in all subjects at all levels. Students must pass the test in 10th grade to graduate, and only 1 percent fell in Failing for English, 2 percent in science and technology and 3 percent in math.
Scores were slightly higher at Newton South High School than Newton North.
In the middle schools, the most students in Advanced depended on the subject and grade level. Oak Hill excelled in math, with over half in advanced on the sixth, seventh and eighth grade tests. Bigelow also did well, with more than half the students in Advanced in sixth and seventh grade math, and more than 50 percent of the Charles E. Brown sixth graders were in advanced.
No middle school had more than 50 percent Advanced in English, but some had over 40 percent including eighth graders at Brown, F.A. Day and Oak Hill.
Top elementary schools for overall math scores were Ward (75 percent Advanced), Mason-Rice (66 percent), Horrace-Mann (59), Underwood (55), Burr (53), Peirce (52) and Bowen (52).
Highlights for elementary school English include: Ward (44 percent Advanced), Mason-Rice (39 percent), Peirce (38), Underwood (31), Cabot (30) and Zervas (30).