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Poor MCAS scores prompt state to declare Mattahunt School a 'Level 4' turnaround school'

Posted by Patrick Rosso  September 20, 2012 02:18 PM

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Mattahunt Elementary School has been declared a “Turnaround School” by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The move by the department Wednesday, highlighted the school’s low scores on the 2012 MCAS and labeled the Hebron Street school a so-called Level 4 school.

Schools that are declared Level 4 are some of the lowest-achieving and least-improving schools in the Commonwealth, according to the deparrment.

With the designation the school, which serves grades pre-K through fifth, must develop a “Level 4 School Turnaround Plan” that includes academic and social/emotional wellness components to provide more support to its students.

The school has three years to implement its plan.

On the 2011 MCAS 35 percent of the school’s students ranked “Warning/Failing” in English and 45 percent ranked “Warning/Failing” in math, compared to the 18 percent that ranked “Proficient” in the English and 14 percent that ranked “Proficient” in math.

On the 2012 MCAS, the school saw no improvement on its scores with 41 percent of the students ranked “Warning/Failing” in English and 46 percent of students ranked students ranked “Warning/Failing” in math, compared to the 14 percent that ranked “Proficient” in the English and 16 percent that ranked “Proficient” in math.

"We're going to put in some new interventions and bring some resources to the school," Matthew Wilder, director of media relations for Boston Public Schools, said by phone Thursday. "We're taking an intense look at data and how partners can help us at the school."

The school, according to Wilder, will be one of 21 schools in the district that will receive extra support to help boost performance.

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