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Latest MCAS Results Are Mixed For Troubled Schools

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Kiley Middle School in Springfield MA is one of the state's 35 underperforming schools that has made sweeping changes

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.

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.