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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

State: some schools aren't making enough progress

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Almost three dozen schools in the Globe West coverage area will need improvement or corrective action due to sluggish MCAS scores, according to a preliminary list released by the state Department of Education today.

A spot on the list does not necessarily mean that scores are falling -– it means that either the school or a specific subgroup, such as low-income students or those with disabilities, is not progressing on schedule toward the goal of MCAS proficiency for all students by 2014, as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

No schools in the western suburbs were marked for “restructuring,” which is the most serious action taken when a school has not made improvements for five or more years. Statewide 57 schools were identified for restructuring.

When a school has not met improvement targets for four consecutive years it is tagged for “corrective action,” which means the school must make “significant changes that could include staffing, curriculum, governance or instruction,” according to the DOE. After only two years of missed targets, a school is identified for "improvement," which means it is required to allow parents to send their child to a school elsewhere in the district if room is available.

Districts with at least one school that needs improvement because of the school’s performance overall include: Framingham (Brophy, Woodrow Wilson, Fuller Middle School), Marlborough (Intermediate Elementary), Milford (Middle East, Stacy), Waltham (Northeast Elementary, Plympton Elementary, Whittemore Elementary), and Watertown (Hosmer).

Districts with at least one school that needs improvement or corrective action because of a subgroup’s performance include: Ashland, Bellingham, Framingham, Hopkinton, King Philip, Marlborough, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Newton, Norfolk, Shrewsbury, Keefe Tech High School, Waltham, Watertown, and Wayland.

-- Lisa Kocian

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