Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester says the Southbridge school district has gone through seven superintendents since 2011, and that academic performance and graduation rates have remained low despite being under state watch for a dozen years.
About 87 percent of students graduated in four years last school year, an increase of just over a percentage point from 2014.
Massachusetts Education officials have announced their strategic plan for transforming the Holyoke Public School system. For staff and families, the devil will be in the details, as considerable planning continues.
Steve Zrike, a school superintendent from eastern Massachusetts will be the receiver for Holyoke’s under-performing district starting July 6th.
Some Springfield parents learned this week that the state invalidated three years of their kids’ elementary school test results. This comes after an investigation that found test booklets were tampered with to improve scores.
The majority of Massachusetts teachers are capable in their jobs, according to the first results of the state’s new educator evaluation system.
State education officials are taking over four Massachusetts schools, including Holyoke’s Morgan Elementary School.
A Massachusetts education board will decide the fate on Tuesday of the state’s first and only online school, based in Greenfield.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed legislation that will give the state oversight of online-based public schools.