New England News
5:25 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Some Underperforming Schools Show Improvement

   Massachusetts education officials say the 2012 MCAS results show improvement by students in several of the state’s worst schools.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

   In Springfield, which had ten of the state’s 35 so called “Level 4” schools in 2010, gains were made in math and English test scores  at four  of the struggling elementary schools, according to Springfield School Superintendent Daniel Warwick.

   Test scores went down at the  one high school and two of the  middle schools targeted for turnarounds. And, another Springfield  elementary school was  designated a Level 4 school based on its 2012 MCAS results.  Level 4 schools are given three years to  improve or risk a takeover by the state. Springfield has been awarded $13 million to implement improvement plans at its chronically under performing schools.