Underperforming Schools in Mass. Show MCAS Improvement

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Massachusetts? 18-month effort to overhaul nearly three dozen of the worst-performing schools appears to be showing a glimmer of success, state education officials said yesterday as they released MCAS scores for schools and districts across the state.

At 16 of the 35 underperforming schools, scores increased by double digits on either the English or math sections of MCAS, while a few other schools made smaller gains. The gains reflect the higher portion of students who ranked in the top two scoring categories, ?proficient?? and ?advanced."

But the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System results were not all rosy: A dozen underperforming schools experienced slight declines in scores in one or both subjects.

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