New England News
5:55 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Springfield Hires EdLab To Turn Around Failing Schools

The Superintendent of Schools in Springfield Massachusetts has announced a partnership with a cutting edge education reform group at Harvard University.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Warwick
Credit WAMC

The Education Innovation Laboratory, or EdLabs,will  try to boost student achievement at  five schools in Springfield, where student test scores rank the schools as among the worst in the state. Springfield School Superintendent Daniel Warwick, in a statement, called the partnership with EdLabs a  “bold step and necessary “  The two elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school risk a state takeover in a couple of years if  standardized test scores don’t improve. EdLabs, starting with the next school year, will install intensive science, math and reading curriculums at the schools and put new strategies for teaching and learning in place.