Fourteen Lowell, Mass. schools make the MCAS grade

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fourteen Massachusetts schools designated "underperforming" in 2010 have met three-year turnaround goals and will shed their Level 4 status, but four turnaround schools could fall into state receivership, education officials announced Wednesday.

Fourteen of the 34 Level 4 schools, including Lowell's Murkland Elementary School, have increased student achievement and demonstrated significant progress in improving school and district conditions, according to the state Department of Education, which credited the use of tools stemming from a 2010 reform law aimed at lifting low-performing schools.

Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday visited the Orchard Gardens School in Boston, which is exiting its Level 4 status, along with four other schools in Boston, three schools in Springfield, and two each in Fall River and Lynn. Patrick in a statement credited the "renewed commitment" of teachers and investments of "time, money and new ideas" for the improvement. "We need to keep that going," he said.

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