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.