Fall River Schools Looking for Change
An amazing amount of students in Fall River schools are getting great grades, unfortunately not all of them.
Approximately 32 percent of Massachusetts public schools are in the top tier of the state’s five-level rating system for 2016. This is truly record breaking!
This year, 517 schools achieved the best status, according to data the state released Monday. Level 1 schools are meeting goals for academic achievement and closing performance gaps among students of different racial, socioeconomic, linguistic or disability backgrounds, says Herald News.
Level 2 schools are unfortunately not meeting goals, but are not the lowest performing. Level 3 schools are generally among the 20% lowest performing schools in terms of test scores or graduation rates.
Once schools reach Level 4 must implement state-approved turnaround plans and improve within three years to avoid dropping to Level 5 and facing potential state receivership.
Among the school's placed in the Level 4 category this year is the Mary Fonseca Elementary School in Fall River.
Since schools were given a choice between administering PARCC or MCAS for grades 3-8 in 2016, the DESE is not reporting aggregate statewide results for the elementary and middle school English and math tests.
Additional Reporting by Sara Achorn