Catholic schools Future Of Western Massachusetts Catholic Schools Being Assessed By Paul Tuthill • Jan 23, 2018 WAMC Listen Listening... / 3:15 The Diocese of Springfield has ordered an assessment of each of the remaining Catholic elementary schools in western Massachusetts. Backlash Over Common Core Extends To US Catholic Schools By Dave Lucas • Dec 7, 2015 Pat Bradley/WAMC Listen Listening... / 0:42 The backlash against standardized testing is rippling through some Roman Catholic schools. Those schools are already balancing the college-driven Common Core learning standards against their institutions' spiritual goals. Two Dozen Catholic Schools to Close in NY By Allison Dunne • Jan 23, 2013 Joel Kramer NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Archdiocese will close 24 Roman Catholic schools in a cost-saving move. Ten of these schools are in the Hudson Valley.