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MCAS Results Improve; Three Local Schools Moved Off “Underperforming” List


BOSTON (WGGB/AP) — Massachusetts education officials say while scores on standardized MCAS tests continue to improve, many of the state’s high school graduates are not fully prepared for college level coursework.

Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration announced Wednesday that the percentages of 10th graders scoring proficient or higher on the MCAS exams were 91 percent in the English portion, 80 percent in mathematics and 71 percent in science.

Still, officials say 40 percent of high school graduates who enroll in public colleges and universities in Massachusetts require developmental, non-credit coursework to keep up.

The state also announced that 14 of 34 public schools labeled as “underperforming”, or ‘Level 4′ schools, were removed from the list after a three-year turnaround program.

Local schools being moved off that list include the Zanetti School, Gerena Elementary, and Homer Elementary, which are all in Springfield.

However, eight area schools are among fifteen statewide that will remain in ‘Level 4′ after the state says they have shown some, but not sufficient, improvement.

Those local schools include:

  • Dean Voc. Tech. – Holyoke
  • Brookings Elementary – Springfield
  • Brightwood Elementary – Springfield
  • High School of Commerce – Springfield
  • Kiley Middle School – Springfield
  • White Street School – Springfield
  • Chestnut Street Middle School – Springfield
  • JFK Middle School – Springfield

Four schools that did not improve, including Morgan School in Holyoke, will be considered for stronger state action.  Those schools are under consideration of being classified as ‘Level 5′ or “chronically underperforming.”

Such a move could place the school in state receivership, whereby the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education would create a turnaround plan for the school and would hold the superintendent or another leader responsible for implementing the plan and operating the school.

Information from Bob Salsberg of the Associated Press was used in this report.

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