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Latest MCAS Results To Be Released In Massachusetts


     Massachusetts  education officials Monday will release the latest statewide student achievement test results.    WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.


   State officials will be looking for improvements in third grade reading scores in the latest round of MCAS testing.  Several of the state’s struggling urban school systems have stressed reading programs in the early grades. It’s a priority in Holyoke, where school committee member Michael Moriarity says just 25 percent of the third graders are proficient in reading.

   Experts say children who can read at their grade level by the time they enter the 4th grade are more likely to be educationally successful and not drop out when they get to high school.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.