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Last updated 6:18AM ET
September 24, 2018
WFCR Local News
WFCR Local News
Same City, Different Schools, Varying Achievement
(wfcr) - Massachusetts education officials have released a two-year study that looks at why students at public schools in the same city are performing at different levels. Researchers looked at MCAS scores and other data. They also interviewed more than 600 educators. Research manager Steve Ellis of the UMASS Donahue Institute says higher performing schools were headed by what he calls "entrepreneurial leaders, as he explains in part one of the audio.

The study looked at schools in Boston, Brockton, Fall River, Holyoke, Springfield, and several other cities. One of the higher performing schools mentioned in the report is the Rebecca Johnson Elementary School in Springfield. Ellis explains in part two of the audio that the school's principal, Veta Daley, turned her struggling school around by establishing high expectations for students and teachers.

The report recommends schools be given more authority to shape their staff through selective hiring -- and using extended day, summer and weekend school programs for remediation programs.
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