Most school districts across the Southcoast saw increases in student proficiency on the 2012  MCAS state test in math, while performance on the english test was more of a mixed bag. According to data released by the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In total, 10 Southcoast districts had gains in proficiency on the math MCAS,while six districts maintained relatively flat math scores.

On the English exam, seven districts saw increases in proficiency in 2012, while seven districts held steady from last year. Fairhaven was the only municipal school district that had overall gains on both the math and the english tests when it came to proficiency.

Fairhaven Superintendent Dr. Robert Baldwin says that he was pleased with his district's results. Five districts including New Bedford, Dartmouth, Wareham, New Bedford Voke Tech and Global Learning Charter School had their math scores stay relatively flat.