Latest MCAS Results Are Mixed For Troubled Schools
Fourteen schools in Massachusetts achieved three-year turnaround goals with improved test scores announced Wednesday. But 20 schools are doing poorly with some facing a possible state take-over.
Two schools in Boston, one in New Bedford and the Morgan K-8 school in Holyoke are facing potential state takeover as a result of chronically low MCAS test scores. In Springfield, three of ten schools had the “ underperforming “ label removed. Superintendent Dan Warwick said it was cause for celebration. He said the district has partnered with Harvard University to drive a rapid turnaround at the other schools.
Early education advocates said the statewide MCAS results showed no improvement in third grade reading skills, which experts say is an early indicator of later academic success.